The unions of the workers of the low cost airlines that operate in Argentina released a tough joint statement this Thursday to demand that the national government enable commercial flights to avoid “the demise of the airline industry“.
“The activity requires definitions”, raised the union representatives of JetSMART and Flybondi. “We need to go back to work, we need to fly and be a transportation option for Argentines who need to move,” they warned.
The members of the Board of Directors of the JetSMART Workers’ Trade Union Association and their Flybondi peers decided to promote a common complaint regarding the stoppage of commercial flights due to the coronavirus.
“Argentina is one of the few countries in the world that after almost 5 months has not restarted air activity,” they complained.
Next, they asked for “clarity on the recent sayings of the Minister of Transport”, Mario Meoni, because – they recalled – “in his last statements he mentioned that the flights could return in 60 days, in 120 days or even in 180 days”.
“These deadlines will mean the disappearance of the airline industry“, they alerted.
In the text that they released, the union representatives added that the “activity requires certainties and definitions that allow a clear horizon to be seen: approval of health protocols, sale of tickets in advance, opening of air bases and routes. Without minimal planning, the activity is unsustainable. ”
“We understand that the evolution of the pandemic is decisive but the authorities and agencies are not doing anything to plan this return in an orderly manner, thus endangering the source of livelihood of more than 10,000 families,” they argued.
nullThen, they spoke out against the closure of the El Palomar International Airport and asked that 10,000 direct and indirect jobs be preserved with the definition of a consensual plan for the restart of aeronautical activity.
“Given the seriousness of the situation and the inaction of the Ministry of Transportation of the Nation, the Ministry of Health of the Nation and ANAC, the workers of the low-cost lines we declare ourselves in a state of alert and assembly permanent, demanding that the authorities comply with the responsibilities assumed, “they reported.