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Aerolineas Argentinas is flying at 20% of its capacity

2021-05-06T03:52:31.685Z

It was raised by its owner, Pablo Ceriani, in an internal letter. It is because of the fall in demand. The state-owned company will lose at least US $ 450 million this year.



Luis Ceriotto

05/05/2021 6:00 AM

  • Clarín.com

  • Economy

Updated 05/05/2021 6:00 AM

The new restrictions generated by the second wave of the pandemic once again attacked the activity of airlines within the country, with only

a handful

of international flights making the same number of arrivals and take-offs throughout a day. that before the pandemic took

two or three hours to complete.

Aerolineas Argentinas was not necessarily the main loser with this new flight scheme, since most of its activity since October - when regular passenger flights returned - had focused on the

cabotage

market

.

Little by little he had started to fly more planes, which take off both from

Ezeiza

and from

Aeroparque

.

Even one of its routes, the one that connects Ezeiza with Miami six times a week, is

filled

with

full planes

, with passengers who in many cases travel to the US

to get vaccinated against Covid.

An Aerolineas Airbus 330-200, with which the state line flies six times a week to Miami.

With that fleet, too, flights are made to bring vaccines from Russia and China.

But beyond the restrictions imposed by the Government through the

National Civil Aviation Agency

(ANAC) and the exceptional case of the route to Miami, Aerolineas register a

dramatic drop

in demand. This was stated by its president,

Pablo Ceriani

, in an internal communication to the staff that he released in the last hours, where he stated that the state company

is working at 20% of its capacity

.

"Today we are flying very little, we have a very large idle capacity,

without reactivation plans,

" said Ceriani, who politically responds to the national senator and leader of

La Cámpora, Mariano Recalde.

"The overall demand for our services is

approximately 20%

of the potential supply of our business structure." Added Ceriani.

According to the 2021 Budget that Minister Martín Guzmán had sent to Congress last year, the Executive Branch had predicted that Aerolineas will lose a new multimillion-dollar figure throughout this year:

44,796 million pesos

, equivalent (at today's exchange rate). ) to

$ 454 million

.

This loss is compensated with

subsidies from the Treasury

which, since the airline was nationalized in mid-2008, has been turning over to Aerolineas

the equivalent of about 7.3 billion dollars

.

The Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, and the president of Aerolineas Argentinas, Pablo Ceriani, receiving a batch of Sputnik V vaccines.

"We are facing an extremely complicated context for all Argentines and, like last year, it

is an enormous effort for the National State to sustain the company

in this context," admitted Ceriani in his letter, with a tone

very far from the epic

of his most recent messages, after the flights to Russia and China to bring vaccines. "It is essential that all of us become aware of the moment we are living and that we bear in mind that

all the measures we take in the coming months

will have a single objective as their goal: that Aerolineas Argentinas overcome this storm, the final impact of which we still do not

know,

" he said.

Inside the company they admitted that they launched this message to open the umbrella. In Airlines

there is a salary discussion in pause mode

, which should be resumed this month. "It was necessary to put all Aerolineas workers in a state of situation. The situation of the commercial aviation industry in the world is very complicated. Aerolineas, despite having the support of the State as a public company, is not immune to this situation. And at times we receive proposals as if we were in a stage of

growth and expansion

. "

Source: clarin

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