The government of the city of Chicago, filed a lawsuit against the airline mexicana Interjetdue to the lack of payment of rates and rents within the O’hare Airport since July of last year.
According to the newspaper Reforma, the claim is for USD 2 million 564,000, the equivalent of 56 million mexican pesosthe more that you accumulate during the process. The appeal was presented last June 9 before the Court in Northern Illinois.
The city reported the lack of payments that occurred from July 2019 to January 2020 and add up to USD 360,000 of charges for use of airport that the airline kept the passengers and not delivered. USD 1,700,000 are revenue for space and services at the O’hare airport, while USD 334,000 administrative charges stipulated in the contract signed in may of 2018 and for the moment it remains in effect until 2033.
In addition to this, the lawsuit added that a first notice was made in Februarybut the airline gave no response despite having left to spend the necessary time span.
“The February 18, 2020, the City sent the defendant a notice of breach and request to remedyinforming him that he had violated multiple events of non-compliance. To date, la defendant has not remedied its defaultsdespite that have passed the 30 days provided in the contract,” reports the demand, according to the newspaper.
So soon, judge John Z. Lee, agendó a telephone hearing for the 10th of August. Interjet has not answered the demand, but if you don’t manage to agree with officials, runs the risk of seized goods, or accounts within the united States to pay off your debt.
Meanwhile, Interjet still appears in the directory of the airport, together with 46 other airlines. Among these are also Aeromexico, Volaris and Viva Aerobus.
According to the specialized site, A21this it is not the only debt of the airline since the beginning of the year reported that the mexican company should be payment of spare parts the Russian company, Regional Aircraft.
However, this this is not the first time that the airline is in financial trouble, and in June of last year, the Service of Tax Administration (SAT) had most of their property.
An intervener was appointed in charge of the case, this with the purpose to allocate 10% of revenues to the payment of a debt by VAT. This came to 549 million of mexican pesos.
In recent months the SAT had to seize the headquarters of the Foundation German, located in Polanco. After this, the company explained that this move was in accordance with the SAT to “the gradual compliance of commitments outstanding”.
Due to the pandemic of COVID-19, Interjet lost 97% of its passengers since April. The airline was forced to reduce its routes to only five national. In January, the airline still had 87 routes, and 45 of them were international.
Also, due to the same situation, had to return 59 Airbus aircraft to rental companies.
Despite this situation the company will resume some operations to cover the 14 routes within the country. In mid-may, the company announced that the tickets, simple, can be achieved from the 450 pesos to fly to and from the City of Mexico through the routes that remains active today. The only condition existing in this promotion will be the availability of seats.