Airlines have reduced their frequencies on international flights
In recent weeks, with increasing restrictions on flights abroad and also due to reduced demand, airlines flying from Argentina to destinations abroad have started to reduce their frequency and cancel flights. While They hope that there may be more measures in the coming days that limit the volume of international travel by air.
In the case of Argentine Airlines, within the framework of Administrative Decision 219, an order to reduce frequencies was issued during the months of March and April. Flights to destinations in Brazil such as Rio de Janeiro have been canceled (flights scheduled for March 27 and 29, April 3, 5 and 11); San Pablo (on March 26 and 30, April 6, 8 and 9) and Florianópolis. There are also fewer flights to Santiago de Chile (with seven canceled between March and April), Miami (eight canceled) and Madrid (four canceled).
The government continues to advise Argentines not to travel abroad “due to the general instability in border management in the world and the need to delay the arrival of new strains.”
Meanwhile, American Airlines confirmed that, starting this week, its plan is to scale back its flights from Buenos Aires to Dallas Fort Worth to two weekly flights and continue operating their daily service to Miami. “We will work to reabsorb our affected clients,” they explained.
During this month, Latam Airlines reduced its operations by 30% to Santiago de Chile, 70% to Sao Paulo (Brazil) and 30% to Lima. In all, Latam operates eight weekly frequencies to Santiago de Chile, seven weekly frequencies to Lima and three weekly frequencies to São Paulo, according to the reduction the government has requested since March 13th.
Among the airlines hoping for the possibility of new restrictions from April
At KLM Air France they have confirmed that they do not have to curtail their flights again due to the current restrictions. German airline Lufthansa is also maintaining its frequencies, but is awaiting possible new measures from the government that could affect its flight schedule.
On the government side, they continue to recommend that Argentines not travel abroad “due to the general instability of border management in the world, as well as the need to delay the arrival of new strains into the country as much as possible.” This week, the ministers and authorities of the interior, health, transportation and security held a telephone conference with the governors of provinces with border crossings to assess the international traffic situation and analyze health security measures.
The Ministry of Transport reported that it is implementing a flight order to ensure Argentines can return abroad safely
During the meeting, the current safe passages for the return of Argentines from abroad and potential new health surveillance measures were assessed. It was analyzed that 70% of Argentines who returned to the country reside in the federal capital and the province of Buenos Aires.
In addition, the Ministry of Transport reported that it is making flight arrangements to ensure the safe return of Argentines abroad. According to immigration records, it is estimated that there are about 27,000 Argentines abroad, but the government maintains that they are not stranded people who are returning naturally.
“In some specific cases, there is a rescheduling of flights for the same day or subsequent days as a result of the gradual decrease in the flights that are transferred within the framework of the measures adopted last week. Official sources indicated that these cuts also take into account the number of Argentines abroad.
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