40% of domestic flights to normalize Ezeiza to be cancelled

Argentina, November 7, 2010

The Secretary of Transportation of the Nation, Juan Pablo Schiavi said yesterday that the number of flights exceeded the operational capacity of the international airport of Ezeiza, so Aerolineas Argentinas had to cancel 22 of 62 scheduled flights.

“The problems that were generated were more than the expected because today Aerolineas Argentinas has a volume of flights that exceeded the capacity of the airport,” said the official.

Schiavi added, while trying to standardize the service, that “today the situation is more controlled, but the reality is that many flights will not come out.” Even with the aim of bringing the situation to the regularity of always emphasized the creation of a crisis committee to identify those responsible for the disaster.

The Committee shall consist of the Airport Security Police, the Anak Aeropuertos 2000, Aerolineas Argentinas and the regulatory body of the National Airports System (ORSNA). “

The committee “will examine the steps to follow to establish specifically which is the airport’s capacity for flight operations and from there make decisions regarding services to be rendered,” said Schiavi.

Domestic flights began slowly to return to normal, but there are still delays for certain business destinations of Aerolineas Argentinas and Austral.

As was explained by Schiavi, there are victims of the strikes that “were able to travel on buses to destinations that are not able to cover the flights, such as Mendoza, Comodoro Rivadavia, Salta and Iguazu.

The immense chaos in the country’s largest airport, was generated by a Union dispute that began with a fight between a pilot and a copilot of different unions.