Argentina airport workers to strike for 24 hours on Wednesday

Some flights have already been canceled and airlines are offering free rescheduling

Airport and airline workers, as well as pilots, will hold a 24-hour strike on Wednesday in a protest aimed at requesting better wages. Some national and international flights have already been canceled because of the measure, and airlines are offering passengers the chance to rebook them free of charge.

The unions representing the three labor groups are leading the strike. They are protesting the 12% salary increase that national airline Aerolíneas Argentinas and Intercargo, a company that provides boarding and baggage services, offered their employees.

Similar to what happened during previous strikes, the measure is expected to affect most flights all over the country, given that airlines and airports cannot provide their services normally.

On January 24, airline transport was already affected when airline and airport workers joined the national strike. That time, virtually all flights were canceled and airlines offered similar rescheduling opportunities as now.

Argentina airport strike

As of Tuesday, six Flybondi flights have already been canceled and others have been rescheduled. The airline said they will concentrate all their Buenos Aires operations at the Ministro Pistarini Airport in Ezeiza, meaning flights from the company won’t be landing at or taking off from Aeroparque Jorge Newbery. 

Flybondi flights might be affected in other airports, but most will maintain their schedule given the company will ensure their service, the airline said in a communiqué released on Tuesday. You can check the status of your flight here

However, the other national airlines consulted by the Herald said they could not announce delays or cancellations yet, given there is still room for negotiation between companies and unions that could lead to a suspension of the strike if the talks are successful.

In a press release published on Friday, the unions said they were announcing the strike ahead of time to allow the companies to “take the necessary steps” in order to avoid passengers being affected by it. They added that they made airlines responsible for any potential inconveniences.

Airlines JetSMART, Flybondi, and LATAM Argentina are offering passengers with flights scheduled for Wednesday to rebook them for free, taking into account that the strike could affect their trips.

LATAM announced passengers could move their flights to February 26 or 27, or to up to 15 days after their scheduled trip from or to Argentina, on their website. JetSMART didn’t specify a time frame to rebook the flights, but said the changes could be done here.

Flybondi passengers who were either affected by the airport change or had their flights canceled or rescheduled for more than four hours later than their original time, can rebook them free of charge for the next 30 days by calling 0810-555-3592.

International airlines such as Gol, Copa Airlines, Lufthansa, Air Europa, United, and Swiss have already canceled dozens of flights to or from Argentina, although some others remain on schedule.

All flight status can be checked at Aeropuertos Argentina 2000.


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