Border closure: what you need to know about the flights authorized for August, the situation of the stranded and the claims of the sector

Travelers arrive at the Ezeiza International Airport, in the province of Buenos Aires (Argentina). EFE / Juan Ignacio Roncoroni / Archive

On July 9, the Government published Administrative Decision (DA) 683/2021 that slightly relaxed the quota of Argentines who can return from abroad. After the previous rule that had limited the number to 600 per day, the latter gradually increased it reaching 1,000 per day for the two weeks that began on July 24 and that will end on August 6, the day on which the provisions of the Official decision.

With little more than a week left for this, stranded and representatives of the commercial aviation sector do not know how the Government will act and how many places they will give for Argentines who must return from abroad.

In the last hours, the flights authorized by the ANAC (National Civil Aviation Administration) for the first week of the next month were known:

Argentinian airlines: the flag carrier was the first to publicize, as is customary, its flights enabled for the first week of August.

It will have flights to Miami on August 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7. While It will fly from that city on the 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th of next month. From Ezeiza to New York, will have flights on August 2 and 7 and from New York to Buenos Aires will make a single flight on the 4th of the next month.

As to Madrid, will operate a only flight on August 4 Y will fly from the Spanish capital on August 2 and 6 bound for Ezeiza.

Regarding continental destinations, it will fly a flight from Ezeiza to Bogotá on August 4 and will return from there on August 5. From Aeroparque, it will operate a flight to Lima on August 5 and will operate the return from there on the 6 of the same month. Finally you will have a flight from Aeroparque to Asunción on August 5, same day that he will fly back.

Aerolineas Argentinas is the first airline to publicize its flights enabled for the first week of August.  EFE / Juan Ignacio Roncoroni / Archive
Aerolineas Argentinas is the first airline to publicize its flights enabled for the first week of August. EFE / Juan Ignacio Roncoroni / Archive

Latam: the Chilean that stopped operating domestically and left the country last year, only received approval to operate a single flight for the route Lima – Buenos Aires – Lima with a limitation of 130 passengers for arrival in Argentina. The plane will arrive in the country on August 7 and will depart for the Peruvian capital the same day.

As for its routes with Brazil and Chile, they are suspended due to the restrictions that the Government maintains with both countries. Therefore, Latam reported the cancellation of its services between Santiago de Chile and São Paulo with Buenos Aires.

American Airlines: the company that operates flights connecting Dallas, Miami and New York with Buenos Aires received approvals to only fly between Miami and Buenos Aires. From August 1 to 8, a daily EZEIZA-MIAMI-EZEIZA flight will be operated.

Regarding connections with Dallas and New York, the company canceled all its passenger flights until August 8. However, it will maintain cargo flights between those two cities and Buenos Aires.

Delta Airlines: will operate flights from Atlanta on August 1, 6 and 8, it should be clarified that flight 6 is only cargo, while the remaining two will be both cargo and passengers. With identical dates he will fly from Ezeiza to there, the three flights will be passenger in this case.

United Airlines: For its part, the airline that flies from Houston will have arrivals to Ezeiza with only cargo flights on August 1, 6 and 8. The only flight from Houston with passengers will arrive in the country on the 4th of the same month. While it will depart from Buenos Aires to that destination the same four days, but with all its planes ready for passengers and cargo.

Air Europa: the european will fly twice from Madrid on August 2 and 5 with a capacity limited to 150 passengers by plane. While will operate flights from Ezeiza on August 1, 3 and 5, without capacity restrictions.

Iberia: for its part, the Spanish company received authorization to operate a single passenger flight from Madrid on August 2 with a capacity limited to 150 passengers, while it will operate exclusively cargo planes bound for Ezeiza on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of the same month.

With departure from Ezeiza, it will fly on August 2, 3, 4 and 5, with no limitations on the number of seats to be sold.

Air France: the French airline obtained approval to fly from Paris to Buenos Aires on August 1 on a flight with capacity for 160 passengers, while You will be able to fly to the French capital on the 2nd, 5th and 7th of the next month.

KLM: will operate a flight on August 3 from Amsterdam, also with a capacity of 160 passengers, Y will fly to that destination on August 1, 4, 6 and 8.

Lufthansa: will fly on August 4 from Frankfurt to Ezeiza, Y will do the reverse route on August 7.

Copa Airlines: is approved to fly from Panama on August 1 and 7, Y will fly from Ezeiza to there on the 2nd and 8th of the same month.

Dayane Novaes, an intensive care physician, was stranded in Brazil
Dayane Novaes, an intensive care physician, was stranded in Brazil

Even with these qualifications, the problem of stranded abroad has not been solved. Testimonies from people all over the world appeared in the media and social networks, denouncing that they had to prolong their foreign stays due to the limited capacity to enter Argentina.

Infobae collected different cases of stranded. For example that of Dayane Novaes, Intensive Care Physician in Brazil that he had to present a habeas corpus to try to return to the country, the case of Jorge Vartorelli, stranded in the United States, among others cases that do not stop multiplying.

With the escalation of this conflict, at the end of June there was a crossover of versions between the private aviation sector and the Government. The former assured that there are around 45,000 Argentines stranded abroad, while from the Government, Florence Carignano, head of Migrations, said that “There are no stranded; it is about 45,000 Argentines who declared that they left for tourism in the last four months “. He also explained that according to data from the agency, in the last month there are 26,000 Argentines who left Argentina for tourism purposes, of which 10,000 did so in the last week.

Whatever the number, the number of stranded abroad can only increase. If we look at the number of passenger flight arrivals versus the number of departures of the same type, the balance of Argentines who leave the country against those who return continues to increase. Many airlines operate only cargo flights to our country, while they return to their bases with planes full of passengers.

Sources consulted by Infobae they said that This methodology continues to be profitable for foreign airlines.

American Airlines will maintain a daily flight for the Miami-Buenos Aires-Miami route between August 1 and 8.  REUTERS / Loren Elliott /
American Airlines will maintain a daily flight for the Miami-Buenos Aires-Miami route between August 1 and 8. REUTERS / Loren Elliott /

Faced with this critical situation, local and international representatives of the commercial aviation sector spoke out through different statements in disagreement with the official measures. The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which brings together 80% of the world’s airlines, issued a very harsh statement on July 22 in which it accused the Government of abandoning its stranded and that the decisions seem to be taken in an “arbitrary and discriminatory” manner.

This was not the first time that IATA expressed its disagreement. In the same way I would do it ten days ago in dialogue with Infobae. In which In addition to pronouncing on the stranded, he warned the Government about the danger that more airlines decide to stop operating in Argentina due to the difficulty that this represents.

Among those who left during the pandemic are Qatar Airways, Air New Zealand Y Latam Argentina. While the European Norwegian It had already left the local market at the end of 2020, prior to the coronavirus crisis. Those that temporarily suspended operations – some with expected return dates between September and October – include Alitalia, British Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian, Cuban Aviation, Air Canada, Sky and the brazilians Goal Y Blue.

At the local level, the Argentine Chamber of Air Lines (Jurca), also manifested itself aligned with the position of IATA, asking the Government for a hearing and for a review of the official measures.

Air New Zealand is one of the 9 airlines that stopped operating in the country.  REUTERS / Daniel Munoz / File Photo / File Photo
Air New Zealand is one of the 9 airlines that stopped operating in the country. REUTERS / Daniel Munoz / File Photo / File Photo

Predictability is what both Jurca and IATA and representatives of national tourism demand as a choir. These sectors need it to be able to work in a more effective and efficient way, and thus be able to provide greater security to travelers.

On August 6, the deadline for the measures of Administrative Decision 683/2021 ends. There is a growing annoyance and a great expectation on the part of the airlines, stranded and representatives of the sector to know what new implementations the Government will make. Meanwhile, the requests for the revision of the official measures continue and that the private ones be accepted as part of the work team to draw up future guidelines for the restrictions on flights.

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