Australia: Jetstar rejects Burma accusations
Date: 28 Sep 2009
Jetstar has said that attacks by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) over the airline's flights to Burma, are wide of the mark. It said that the service provided a valuable support to the ordinary people of the country, and denied that funds from the flights ends up in the hands of the military.
ACTU president Sharan Burrow said that the company's four flights per week into the country was an immoral activity that was "propping up a military regime that is oppressing people". Other companies across the world were withdrawing, she said, and Jetstar should follow them.
Jetstar's CEO Bruce Buchanan said that the service into Burma was a minimal one, and it did not represent a big financial stake for the company. It continued the service because it believed it to be valuable to the people of Burma, and it would happily pull it if it were shown to be otherwise.
He said that aid agencies in the country had told him that the service was a good thing.
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