October 28. Argentina’s flagship carrier expects domestic operations to reach pre-pandemic levels by July of next year, according to its top executive.
Aerolíneas Argentinas President Pablo Ceriani said flights to tourist destinations within the country, from Patagonia in the south to Iguazú Falls in the northeast, are picking up faster than expected as the country emerges from one of the longest and harshest lockdowns in Latin America. Ceriani said he still sees room to recover on international destinations.
South America’s second-largest economy adopted strict travel measures during the pandemic, halting nearly all international and domestic flights for months last year. The country removed a daily entry cap of passengers applied earlier this year and foreign tourists will be authorised to enter the country starting in November.
The recovery in Argentina’s domestic market is roughly in line with what airlines are seeing elsewhere, with domestic travel expected to return to pre-pandemic levels next year while international travel lags at around 44 percent, IATA Director General Willie Walsh said.
Source: Buenos Aires Times