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ECONOMY | 12-05-2020 13:13

International flights at Jorge Newbery Airport postponed until December

Nearly all international flights at Buenos Aires City's Jorge Newbery Airport have been postponed until December 1, the government has announced.

Nearly all international flights at Buenos Aires City's Jorge Newbery Airport have been postponed until December 1, the government has announced.

The national government confirmed the news via a resolution from National Civil Aviation Administration (ANAC) published in the Official Gazette on Tuesday.

International flights were originally scheduled to restart this month under part of a move to open up more destinations in Latin America to the City airport, which is more conveniently located.  Argentina's main international terminal, Ezeiza International Airport, is on the outskirts of the capital, in Buenos Aires Province.

The "internationalisation" of Aeroparque was ordered last February, with flights to Brazil, Paraguay, Chile, Bolivia and Peru set to being operating). However, given the coronavirus pandemic, the government has moved to push back the move until at least December 1.

Airports have been closed in Argentina for the last two months, with only flights carrying stranded citizens and residents home and those repatriating foreign travellers stranded in the country allowed to operate.

The new resolution permits cabotage and cargo flights, though it rules out nearly all commercial international flights. As established by ANAC, the resolution permits international flights "without prior, intermediate and/or subsequent commercial stops in countries other than the carrier's country of origin" and only "aircraft with no more than 200 seats."

Authorities also indicated that there are pending infrastructure works at the City airport that need to be completed in order to allow for the accommodation of international flight operations, which will take an estimated 120 days.

– TIMES/NA

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