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published decree authorizing resumption of domestic flights

After nearly seven months, as of today, October 15, 2020, airlines will be able to operate domestic flights in the Argentine Republic (although Aerolineas Argentinas won’t do so until Monday October 19, Flybondi on Monday 26, and JetSMART mid-next week).

According to information from Aviacionline, following yesterday’s announcement by Transport Minister Mário Meoni at Jorge Newbery Airport, this Thursday resolution 221/2020 was published in the Diário da República, which in Article 1 repeals Article 3. Resolution 64/2020, which banned all “commercial cabotage and general aviation air transport”.

Article 2 of the standard also states that airlines must have procedures and protocols drawn up according to the guidelines and recommendations of the Ministry of Health and that their implementation is monitored by the National Civil Aviation Authority.

On this subject, Paola Tamburelli, Head of ANAC, explained in a dialogue with Aviacionline after the conference that all Argentine airlines already have their protocols because they have carried out a certain number of operations in the last few months. He also said a single protocol has been negotiated, which is the sum of all, and has been submitted to the Ministry of Health for approval.

Article 3 clarifies that to travel, the passenger must carry the “uniform qualification certificate for traffic – COVID-19 Emergência” and / or the “replacement or supplementary instrument required by the applicable regulation”.

As announced at a press conference, the resolution also indicates that the Argentine ANAC will approve the flight plans sent by the airlines, after consulting the provincial authorities “taking into account the epidemiological situation in each region of the country”.

It is now up to Transport to issue a second resolution on the resumption of scheduled flights.

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