Virtually all flights canceled due to national strike in Argentina

Flybondi and American Airlines are the only two airlines that will stick to their regular schedule on Wednesday

Aerolíneas Argentinas, JetSMART, and most international airlines canceled all their flights to or from Argentina scheduled for Wednesday due to the national strike. Flybondi and American Airlines are the only two companies that will stick to their regular schedules during the day.

All arrivals and departures from international airlines such as Delta, LATAM, Copa, Lufthansa, Air Europa, British Airways, Gol, Air Canada, Air France, and more have been canceled, except for American Airlines, which is maintaining its schedule. All flight status can be consulted here.

The decision to cancel flights was made given that most airport workers joined the strike. This means that services cannot be provided normally. The Argentine Confederation of Transport Workers, which groups many of these employees, had announced that they would be striking between noon and midnight on Wednesday, meaning that flights during the first half of the day could still be carried out.

However, the Aeronautic Staff Association decided to hold a 24-hour strike to protest President Javier Milei’s economic and labor reforms, which encourage privatizing Aerolíneas Argentinas and other state-owned companies.

The association groups the staff that operates runways, handles luggage, drives airport buses, and works at check-in desks and call centers. Their absence “makes it impossible to operate during the entire day,” Aerolíneas Argentinas said in a press release.

Aerolíneas Argentinas canceled 295 flights and rescheduled 26, affecting 20,000 national and international passengers. The canceled flights go from Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. up until Thursday at 12:30 p.m. The company said it would take 72 hours for service to be normalized.

Passengers can check their flight status, rebook them on Aerolíneas’ website, or consult with their travel agency. The complete list of canceled flights can be found here. The call center and WhatsApp line will be unavailable until Thursday. People who already had booked flights were notified via e-mail of any changes.

JetSMART also canceled all of its flights, affecting 5,000 passengers. The airline asked its clients to reschedule their fights on its website or call +54 11-2206-7799.

On Tuesday, JetSMART announced that passengers scheduled to fly on January 24 will be able change dates free of charge. These affected passengers will only be able to rebook flights to be used between January 20 and February 8. LATAM Argentina will be rescheduling flights free of charge “until 15 days after the original date.” They also offer to return customers their money with no extra fees.

Flybondi, the third carrier that operates in the country, announced that 60 flights scheduled for Wednesday will take off from the Ministro Pistarini Airport in Ezeiza, adding that they would not be operating from Aeroparque Jorge Newbery. In addition, the company said that six flights had been canceled and a few others were rescheduled.

Flybondi passengers whose flights were canceled or rescheduled to take off with a difference of at least four hours from their original time will be able to rebook them free of charge on the company’s website.

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