Argentina’s pilots have threatened strike activity across the Easter period in protest of the government’s policies surrounding commercial air travel.
The prospect of an Easter-period meltdown at Argentina’s airports comes as the latest player in the commercial air travel market, low-cost carrier Fly Bondi, struggles to overcome a wave of cancellations, delays and technical problems.
Aerolíneas Argentinas, Austral and LAN pilots are considering the prospect of a strike, Airline Pilots Association (APLA) secretary general Pablo Biró confirmed.
“We haven’t ruled out any measure. We’re assessing the impact of the government’s air travel policies, which are giving work to foreigners over Argentines,” he told Crónica TV.
Norwegian Air, Europe’s third-largest low-cost airline, began landing flights to Ezeiza from London in February while Fly Bondi has began operating a handful of domestic routes from its base in Córdoba. The firm is also operating three flights per day from the Palomar Airport in Greater Buenos Aires, though a court injunction and a public hearing process have stalled expansion plans.