Flights between Brazil and several provinces will continue after the winter season

Aerolineas Argentinas will maintain flights between Brazil and winter destinations after the season

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Aerolineas Argentinas (AA) flights between Brazil and the main Argentine winter tourist destinations will continue after this season, when they moved more than 82,000 passengers, a number similar to those of the pre-pandemicGovernment officials and the flag company announced this Thursday.

The company will continue with the services between San Pablo, the main city of the neighboring country, and San Carlos de Bariloche, Córdoba and Salta-San Miguel de Tucumán, as detailed in the presentation made this afternoon in the Aerolineas Argentinas auditorium of the Buenos Aires airport. George Newberry.

During the event, the Ministers of Tourism and Sports, Matías Lammens, and Transport, Alexis Guerrera, spoke; the president of AA, Pablo Ceriani; its commercial director, Fabian Lombardo, and the governor of Río Negro, Arabela Carreras, before an audience that included other national, provincial and municipal tourism authorities and representatives of the private sector of the activity.

(Photo: Victoria Gesualdi).

The specific announcements were made by Lombardo, who said that July was the first month in which the number of passengers transported domestically was higher than that of the pre-pandemic, with “882,000 passengers, which means 101%, 1% more.”

He then added that “37 destinations are the ones we operate, one more destination (than in the pre-pandemic), Puerto Madryn, and we are going to launch a new destination in this last quarter: Valle de Conlara”, in San Luis, although he did not specify which one. location.

“We have recovered the corridors and mainly what we have recovered, as of July, is the Atlantic corridor: Mar del Plata-Bahía Blanca-Trelew-Comodoro (Rivadavia)-Río Gallegos”Lombard detailed.

Matas Lammens Photo Pepe Mateos
Matías Lammens (Photo: Pepe Mateos).

As for the air routes that AA operates in the country, he pointed out that there are 75, “more than the 68 that we operated in June, but they are many more than the 62 that we operated in 2019”, with “42 intersections, which is a pride that we have at Aerolineas Argentinas to continue growing and transporting and connecting Argentines without passing through Buenos Aires”.

Fabin Lombardo Photo Pepe Mateos
Fabián Lombardo (Photo: Pepe Mateos).

Through these intersections, 140,000 people were mobilized, which means 16% of the passengers transferred throughout the company’s domestic system.

After noting that “Of the 72,000 passengers we had in November, in July we already reached 882,000”Lombardo listed the “best-selling destinations: Río Negro 122,000 passengers, followed by Córdoba, Mendoza, Neuquén, Salta, Chubut, Tierra del Fuego, (Puerto) Iguazú and Santa Cruz, that is, all mainly tourist destinations”

Regarding the details of the flights that will continue after the winter, AA indicated that from September 21, the San Pablo-Bariloche route will continue with a weekly flight, while San Pablo-Córdoba-El Calafate will have two weekly frequencies and San Pablo-Salta-Tucumán will also operate with two weekly frequencies.

During July, the flight network from Brazil included, in addition to the São Paulo hub, other issuing destinations such as Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Curitiba, Porto Alegre and Salvador, from where 82,662 passengers flew, which meant 95% compared to 2019 .

Matas Lammens and Arabela Carreras Photo Pepe Mateos
Matías Lammens and Arabela Carreras (Photo: Pepe Mateos).

The Minister of Tourism, closing the presentation, said that due to what was happening in the rest of the world, they knew that short-distance tourism and neighboring countries would be the first to reactivate and that there was “a good winter season; We did not expect, honestly, they were these numbers: 5.2 million people, 420,000 foreign tourists”.

Lammens commented that although this could be “in a context in which the dollar is expensive, Argentina is cheap”, but clarified that “there is a plan”, after which he mentioned that in February or March 2020, when they inaugurated the flight San Pablo-Bariloche, already had “receptive tourism as one of the pillars of Argentina’s development.”

“We knew that there we were going to find one of the places for Argentina to grow, for Argentina to generate the foreign exchange it needs”he added.

The head of Tourism highlighted the teamwork with the Transport and AA portfolio to increase the arrival of foreigners, thanks to promotional campaigns that increased international tourism.

Photo Pepe Mateos
(Photo: Pepe Mateos).

In this regard, he mentioned that after these actions, tourism in Uruguay increased and is 6% above the pre-pandemic, while that of Brazil “is exponential,” he assured, and announced that it will end this year with “76% per on top of 2019, which had been a good year”.

He also pointed out how relevant in this regard the Previous Planwhich he defined as “the possibility of showing not only the sector but society as a whole that a present State was needed, to accompany the moment of the pandemic, but also an innovative, creative State”.

Arabela Carreras and Matas Lammens Photo Pepe Mateos
Arabela Carreras and Matías Lammens (Photo: Pepe Mateos).

“Having programs like this, without a doubt, generated a positive inertia and a virtuous circle that made Aerolineas Argentinas sell more tickets, that the hotels had more occupancy, that there were more Argentines who stayed in Argentina and did not go abroad and that there would be much more formalization,” he stressed.

Thanks to these actions, he said that “tourism has been leading growth in terms of registered employment for six months,” along with construction and industrial activity, which “are the three sectors that are driving Argentina’s recovery,” after which considered that “we are no longer talking about recovery; we are talking about growth”.

Alexis Guerrera Photo Pepe Mateos
Alexis Guerrera (Photo: Pepe Mateos).

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