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Lan Argentina protests barring of its operations from Buenos Aires metropolitan air terminal

Friday, December 30th 2011 - 06:24 UTC
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“Totally discriminatory, unjustified and with no technical basis” but Lan Argentina will no longer operate from Aeroparque “Totally discriminatory, unjustified and with no technical basis” but Lan Argentina will no longer operate from Aeroparque

Lan Chile airlines admitted on Thursday before the Chilean Securities and Exchange Commission that the decision by the Argentina’s Civil Aviation authority, ANAC, to revoke Lan Argentina flight authorizations to Brazil, Paraguay and Chile from Buenos Aires metropolitan airport Jorge Newbery “would not have a relevant financial impact for Lan Airlines at consolidated level

However Lan Chile cautioned that for Lan Argentina “this discriminatory act from Argentina’s civil aviation authority will impact income and generate greater costs given the reorganization of schedules which involve daily flights from Buenos Aires to Sao Paulo and to Santiago de Chile, something which is totally unjustified and arbitrary”.

Lan Airlines Finance Vice-president Alejandro de la Fuente said that Lan Argentina last 20 December had presented a demand before the Argentine courts “to suspend the effects of ANAC administrative action since the revocation has no technical foundation, it is totally discriminatory (since it only involves Lan Argentina and none of the other domestic and international airlines operating from Buenos Aires metropolitan air terminal), and is an attack on Lan Argentina’s permits’ property rights previously awarded by none else but ANAC”.

Lan Argentina also recalls that last 24 November ANAC awarded Austral airlines, an affiliate from Aerolineas Argentinas permits to operate flights to Brazil, Paraguay and Chile and only twelve days later and “with no justification and in an entirely discriminatory display”, revokes similar permits effectively in use by Lan Argentina.

On Thursday also, close to a hundred workers of the Lan Argentina staged a protest at the check-in area of the Buenos Aires metropolitan airport to protest the recent ANAC decision to suspend all of the airline’s regional flights leaving from that airport.

A spokesman for the Airline Pilots Association (APLA) told that the protest was staged at the check-in area of the Aeroparque, but he assured “it doesn’t affect passengers”. Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 that manages Aeroparque confirmed that no flights were being delayed or cancelled due to the protest and that the airport is operating normally.

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  • ChrisR

    Who would want to be friend of this despotic country if this is how it betrays you.

    One of CFK's cronies is probably going to start an airline company and wants to get rid of the foreign competition.

    Dec 30th, 2011 - 07:36 pm 0
  • ManRod


    If your own state Airline does generate daily millions of USD loss due to own incompetence and crusted, all-mighty syndicates while the private and expanding comptetition does generate earnings with good service and comptetitive rates, then it's the duty of the peronist government to create equality on the market... by of course destroying the working company.
    Fair is fair... at least in the kirchnerist/peronist world.

    Dec 30th, 2011 - 08:57 pm 0
  • O gara

    Dont worry friends when Lan stops its flights from Puerto Arenas to the Malvinas, Lan argentina will fly from the Aeroparque to wherever it likes.Its called realpolitik and the new World order you havent got used to yet
    Feliz Año Nuevo

    Dec 31st, 2011 - 12:04 pm 0
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