Argentina's Transport Minister has "categorically" denied that the Mauricio Macri government will move to privatise national airline Aerolíneas Argentinas, describing such rumours as "false speculation".
Aerolíneas Argentinas "will not be privatised nor is it in our plans to do so", Transport Minister Guillermo Dietrich told reporters outside the Alvear Palace in Buenos Aires City on Wednesday, where he addressed the Economic Council for Commerce and Production (CICYP).
The state-run airline is one of few in the world "that loses money but receives subsidies. We are investing and working hard to improve things", he said.
Dietrich's comments come amid tension between the national government and aviation unions, which carried out surprise strike activity on Saturday. The strike activity affected 7,000 passengers on over 150 flights to and from Buenos Aires' Ezeiza International and Aeroparque airports.