Government not yet defined if on Monday it will enable domestic flights, despite the formal suspension runs until three in the morning of that day. “We have to wait for the publication of the DNU of the Presidency,” said sources from the Ministry of Transport, where they assured ignore if the suspension of flights will be finally lifted.
In the absence of specific news, the airlines that operate flights in the domestic market, with Aerolineas at the helm, preventively rescheduled all their restart flights and they postponed them for a week, until Monday 19. But with an eye on the DNU that the Executive Branch, scheduled for Monday.
So far, in each renewal of the decree that extends the Preventive and Mandatory Social Isolation (ASPO) the following legend appears: “They are suspended regular commercial cabotage transport flights, non-regular and general aviation “. The qualification of the flights will be when this legend stop appearing in the DNU, as has been happening in each extension since March 20.
But in recent weeks, it was the authorities themselves the ones that made noise in the subject. On September 10, the head of the National Civil Aviation Administration (ANAC), Paola Tamburelli, had said in a webinar that the resumption of domestic flights it would be october 1, with which all the local airlines began to work on the programming for that date. But 12 days later the ANAC itself, through an internal communication to the airlines, postponed that date until October 12 °. And earlier this month the Minister of Transport, Mario Meoni, said that the resumption date would be “between the 12th and middle of this month”.
After the announcements of President Alberto Fernández, on Friday night, the airlines were waiting for specific definitions for the sector. But on Saturday afternoon work began on the reprogramming. “We were waiting until the last minute to see if something was decided with the date of 12, but now we are going to cancel that date and reschedule everything for the 19th”, Said spokespersons for Aerolineas Argentinas.
In the “low cost” JetSmart they also confirmed that they rescheduled a week domestic flights, although this Friday began with “special” flights to Santiago de Chile, once a week.
In Transportation they assured that until now they have been working exclusively on the issue of protocols and not on the “procedures” to resume flights. “Flights are suspended until the Presidency stops doing it. Once that happens, we have to issue the resolutions for the procedures. But what we are seeing, given the low demand there is, is that special flights are going to become regular, since there are restrictions both on the Migration side and on the part of the provinces ”.
In Flybondi they were also pending the date of resumption of the flights, but also its owner, Esteban Tosutti, he criticized the Ministry of Transportation for managing flights to the provinces. In statements to the site Reportur, Tossutti said that the Ministry of Transport transferred to each airline the task of speaking province by province to find out if they can fly there. “This is a public activity and the Ministry of Transport should tell you the schedule, which provinces can be flown to this month and to which next month ”, said the executive.