Argentine pilots announce 48-hour strike from March 28

The measure comes in response to a ‘lack of answers from government officials and company directors,’ they said in a statement

The Argentine Airline Pilots’ Association (APLA, by its Spanish acronym) on Friday announced a 48-hour strike set to start on March 28 at midnight. The strike is timed to coincide with the two-day public holiday for Holy Week.

“Due to the lack of answers from government officials and company directors to our repeated demands about wage stagnation, which now reaches 83%, we’ve decided to [declare] a complete halt in activities for 48 hours,” said APLA in a statement released on their social media channels.

They added that they wish to give due notice to minimize impact on travelers, saying that “the national government has chance to fix this conflict” and that “the effects of the strike on air service and passengers will fall within their responsibility.”

The Holy Week holidays are traditionally busy air travel dates in Argentina. In 2023, 2.7 million people traveled during the holidays, a 4% increase over the previous year according to the Argentine Tourism Observatory.

Budget airline Flybondi confirmed that it will not participate in the strike and will be operating normally.

APLA was previously on strike on February 28, as they joined the 24-hour industrial action organized by airport and airline workers.


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