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While negotiating to deactivate Wednesday's strike, Airlines cancels mileage programs for public officials

2024-02-26T12:14:21.999Z

Highlights: While negotiating to deactivate Wednesday's strike, Airlines cancels mileage programs for public officials. From the 1st they will not be valid for tickets purchased from State agencies. According to the company, during 2023 alone, this practice financed with public funds enabled the issuance of 10,000 tickets and generated a debt of $2.3 billion. The decision to cancel the mileage programs is in line with reducing State expenses that come down from the Casa Rosada, the company says. But the arguments put forward by Aerolíneas are at least striking, since they censure a practice that had been carrying out until now.


From the 1st they will not be valid for tickets purchased from State agencies. According to the company, during 2023 alone, this practice financed with public funds enabled the issuance of 10,000 tickets and generated a debt of $2.3 billion.


While seeking a negotiated solution to deactivate the 24-hour strike for this Wednesday, the management of Aerolíneas Argentinas

canceled the mileage programs of public officials

who travel with tickets

purchased by the State.

The company now headed by

Fabián Lombardo

, who comes from the previous administration, decided that starting this Friday, no official who travels with a ticket paid by a public organization will accumulate miles to consume on

personal trips.

The usual thing, until now, was that tickets purchased by official organizations accumulated miles not for the person who bought them, the state agency, but for the passengers.

In the case of Airlines, according to data from the state company, during 2023, nearly 80 million miles

were credited

to individuals who traveled with tickets purchased by

the three branches of government, decentralized entities and public companies.

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These are the airlines that are expanding their participation in the country; Aerolíneas Argentinas was not mentioned.

That volume of miles was in turn used to exchange them for more than

10,000 tickets for personal use

only during 2023. Of that number, nearly 1,000 tickets were issued in

business class.

Measured at market value, according to Aerolíneas' internal data, these tickets represented a cost of $

2,364 million pesos

, against an official dollar that ranged between

$185 and $462

between January 1 and December 10.

"This accreditation of miles resulted in

the creation of a liability in dollars for Aerolíneas Argentinas

, which originates in a payment from the State, and which generates a debt in dollars to the State itself," company sources explained.

The decision to cancel the mileage programs is in line with

reducing State expenses

that come down from the Casa Rosada.

But the arguments put forward by Aerolíneas are at least striking, since they censure a practice

that the same driving had been carrying out until now.

"Aerolíneas Argentinas' focus is on increasing productivity and efficiency in the use of its fleet and its technical and human resources," company sources said.

The current president of Aerolíneas, Fabián Lombardo, had served as

commercial director

of the airline for the last four years, when it was again managed by the

La Cámpora

group and its owner was

Pablo Ceriani.

Since his appointment to his new position, in December, Lombardo reported to the former Minister of Infrastructure,

Guillermo Ferraro

, who before his untimely resignation had taken credit for the removal of six Aerolíneas managements as part of his task of reducing the company's costs. state.

Ferraro was removed from his position as minister at the end of January and formalized it at the beginning of February.

So far

he has no replacement.

The areas that depend on Infrastructure now move in this limbo,

including Airlines

, which at least for the moment is managed with almost total

autonomy

:

it has no minister to report to and is not receiving funds from the State.

According to the Open Budget site, of the 75,000 million pesos that Aerolíneas has allocated as subsidies (they were renewed automatically, without inflation, from the 2023 Budget)

so far it has not requested any item from the Treasury.

"We continue to finance ourselves with the cash of

350 million dollars that we had left from the advance sales of tickets

during the months prior to the high season," said company sources.

"In January we transported 1.3 million passengers, which represented an increase of 12% compared to the same period of the previous year. For February we are going to reach just over 10 million passengers, with a year-on-year increase of 4%."

This policy of greater austerity was transferred to the

joint negotiation

with the aeronautical unions, which launched their first force measure during the Milei era this Wednesday.

The three unions closest to the K government, the Aeronautical Personnel Association (airport personnel), the Pilots Association and the Senior Personnel Union, ordered a 24-hour strike

starting at zero on Wednesday.

From APLA, the pilots' union, they explained that for the joint period that began in October of last year they had an increase of 8.3% in October and there will be a second increase in February salaries of 16%.

"That gives for March, which is when February is charged,

a cumulative increase of 25.6% against an inflation for that same period of 112.6%

," said APLA sources.

Airlines did not ask for the intervention of the Ministry of Human Capital, where the former Ministry of Labor now operates, to dictate mandatory conciliation in the conflict.

They said that

they continue to negotiate directly

with the unions headed by Edgardo Llano (APA), Pablo Biró (APLA) and Rubén Fernández (UPSA).

"

Negotiation with the aeronautical unions is open

. Airlines continue to support dialogue and will prioritize the least possible impact on their passengers," the company said.

Source: clarin

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