Airlines operating flights abroad from Argentina have begun to report their schedules for the coming weeks, while restrictions on the entry of passengers from abroad remain in force with a daily maximum reduced from 2,000 to 600 people, which represents between two and three daily flights depending on the capacity of aircraft .
The flights are authorized by the National Civil Aviation Administration (Anac) and in the case of some companies they have obtained permission to make only one or two flights per week. This is the case of Latam, Aeroméxico and Avianca, among others.
From the commercial aviation sector, they warned that these restrictions will lead to a “repressive effect”, which will increasingly delay as weeks go by the deadlines for the return of passengers.
And from the commercial aviation sector, they warned that these restrictions will lead to a “repressive effect”, which will increasingly delay as weeks go by the deadlines for the return of passengers who are abroad and whose return flights have been cancelled. They also noted that there were cases where flights were halted as cancellations were made with short notice and there were already passengers waiting at airports to change planes and continue to their final destination.
“After a simple count, with restrictions, about 1,400 passengers are excluded per day. If this is true, there is no certainty when they will be able to return due to the creation of a ‘funnel effect.’ It is not that as of July 9 everything will be accommodated. Nor We know how long the 600-passenger limit will be maintained because the risk of entering a variable delta does not disappear in 15 days.He noted that people are still piling up who can’t return Infobae Felipe ParavalExecutive Director of the Argentine Chamber of Airlines (Gorca).
Before the pandemic – in February 2020 – there were approximately 155 international landings per day across the country; While it will have three daily landings, roughly 2% of the above. They noted from the camera that restrictions were only put in place for entry from the outside through the Ezeiza airport, but there are no similar procedures for border crossings or cargo trucks. “I don’t think they have the same level of control,” Paravali said.
Flight permits were granted to various airlines, according to sector estimates, with some proportionality scheme, but a relatively greater number of connections were maintained with the United States than with Europe and the rest of the countries in the region. He warned that “in the case of companies that have allowed one or two flights within the next 15 days, it is not possible to maintain contact with these destinations.” This is the case of airlines such as Latam, Avianca or Boliviana de Aviación.
However, the sector warned that restrictive measures, mandates a day before flights depart or abrupt stops, generate that companies may decide to suspend operations in the Argentine market, at least temporarily, until the situation becomes more stable. Companies like Gol, Alitalia, Air Canada, Ethiopian, and others, have already done so. “If the approval comes just a day in advance, sometimes the company has to put that flight on hold anyway because it’s different from starting a car. There are crew, pilots, costs,” the CEO explained.
New flight schedules
Aerolíneas Argentinas has published its new flight schedule: 59 of the 90 scheduled flights as of July 11 have been cancelled. Flights to Miami, Santiago de Chile, Asuncion, Madrid and other international destinations have been cancelled.
In the case of Latam, the company only received approval for the Buenos Aires Lima flight – dated July 1 – and with a limit of 150 passengers. For this reason, the company had to cancel the rest of the itinerary between Buenos Aires and Lima from July 1 to July 12. From the company they made it clear that they were still waiting for information about the itinerary for Brazil and Chile.
Meanwhile, German Lufthansa flights have been approved for June 30 and July 7, departing from Frankfurt and arriving in Ezeiza. And on July 3 and 10, leave Ezeiza and arrive in Frankfurt. However, the company planned two flights per week.
American Airlines has informed that it will maintain a daily flight to Miami, between July 1 and 12, except for July 6 and 8, when it will have no operations. Meanwhile, Latin American airline Avianca will only operate one flight: on July 8, it departs from Bogota to Buenos Aires and returns on July 9, from Buenos Aires to Bogota.
Until July 12, Air France has scheduled four flights between Buenos Aires and Paris (on July 4, 5, 8 and 10) and the Paris – Buenos Aires flights on July 1 and 8. While KLM offers six flights between Buenos Aires and Amsterdam (2, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 11 July) and two flights Amsterdam – Buenos Aires (Saturday 3 and Tuesday 6). Although they made it clear that they are subject to Anak’s approval, which they expect to obtain in the coming days.
Air Europa, for its part, reported that it will operate two flights between Madrid and Ezeiza until July 12 (with a limited capacity of 168 and 246 passengers) and four flights between Ezeiza and Madrid. Due to the restrictions, they had to cancel three flights from Madrid to Ezeiza and one flight from Ezeiza to Madrid.
The Argentine Forum of Travel Consultants (Facve) noted its “concern and disagreement” about the new measures that limit the number of passengers per day and reduce the frequency of flights. “According to the latest official figures, the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced international arrivals and departures by 77%, and the new closure is critical to the industry,” they said.
“This situation directly means a return to zero, the initial recovery of activity and a further reduction of Argentina’s connection with the world. For our country, the measures of these characteristics; in addition to the sudden impact on the economic activity of the travel sector. And they warned that this could also lead to serious consequences of losing roads. and airlines.