Blocked: Airlines warn problem will worsen despite increased revenue quota
Far from being solved, the problem of blocked abroad this could intensify in the coming days. This was warned by the airlines, which called the government’s decision to increase the revenue quota as “insufficient” on Monday.
the National Civil Aviation Administration (ANAC) this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. held an information meeting via Zoom with I SWEAR, the Argentinian Airline Chamber. As pointed out at TN.com.ar One of those present at the meeting, which also included the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the regulator assured that “there would be no special repatriation flights.”
This Friday, the national executive extended by a new administrative decision (DA) the daily quota of Argentine passengers or residents who can enter the country by air. The measure will be implemented on a gradual basis that will govern the next four weeks.
There will be 5,200 spaces available for the week of July 10-16; 6300 for that 17 to 23; Yes 7000 for the weeks of 24 to 30 of this month and that of July 31 to August 6.
Entry will also be permitted from Uruguay two weekly passenger ships, with a capacity of up to 50 percent.
However, from the House of Airlines, they warned that the measure is far from reversing the problem of stranded people. On the contrary, as they pointed out, the number of daily departures clearly exceeds that of arrivals. And so every 24 hours some 1,400 travelers who do not know when they can return.
“We express the concern that the problem of strandings is worsening as it becomes they add passengers day by day ”, highlighted Infobae a representative of JURCA at the meeting. “We specify that the daily passenger quotas allocated in this administrative decision are insufficient for the sustainability of our industry,” he noted.
For his part, the head of ANAC, Paola Tamburelli, declared today that “the only objective of the control of the entries from abroad is to take charge of the sanitary situation”. And in accordance with information which emerged from the meeting this morning, he clarified that the new administrative decision which increased the quotas per week to return to the country “does not speak of special flights”.
“It is a satisfaction that the quota for returning to the country is increased,” the official said in statements to Continental radio, while excluding that the first measure to reduce the quota to 600 people, motivated by the goal of delaying the arrival of the Delta variant of the coronavirus was “untimely”.
“The administrative decision does not speak of special flights”
“The only objective that exists in the regulation is to take charge of the health situation”Tamburelli insisted. And he clarified: “Every two weeks, epidemiological assessments are made and decisions are made regarding thefts. It has to do with the entry of people who could possibly be infected and, thus, to enter now in this new variant -Delta- which still does not have community circulation in Argentina ”.
He also explained: “Each measure is not unique, but is a puzzle and relates to a reduction in the number of passengers which allows a sanitary check at the airport which enters where an antigen test is carried out; then guarantee to transfer it to a place with all the protocols so that it can be isolated; and finally the control of compliance with quarantine ”.
Regarding the consequences of people not respecting the expected isolation, Tamburelli said that “the circulation of an infected person who has not yet been detected, ends in a series of infections to many people, which is precisely what we want to avoid ”.
At the same time, the official underlined that “this administrative decision does not speak of special flights, it does not speak of institutional flights, it speaks of a quota which increases per week”.
“The special flights took place when there was an urgent need to repatriate because there were blockages in the terminals because of the companies. Once the companies have adjusted their schedules, they have adjusted to these quotas, ”he said.
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