The national government has launched the 2022 winter season, based on greater contact via Argentine Airlines, and forecast weeks “Absolute Record” With a 30 percent higher level of reserves compared to 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic.
The launch event was held at the Kirchner Cultural Center (CCK), chaired by the Ministers of the Interior, Eduardo “Wado” de Pedrotourism and sports, Matthias Lammensnext to the flag line head, Paul Sirani The Argentine Ambassador to Brazil, Daniel Scioli.
As part of the event, Aerolíneas Argentinas presented its flight schedule for the winter season and Siriani emphasized that the basis would be “connection in the region, particularly with Brazil”.
For his part, Lammens noted that the work carried out “is from a team that has developed a strategy along with every area of government who sees tourism as a huge opportunity and has a plan for Argentina to continue growing, not only in the region, but in the world.”
The Minister of Tourism said in his speech that “this, more than a current country, is a pioneering country, a creative country that works hand in hand with the private sector to create the conditions for that private sector to invest.”
“We will have a very record winter season, with more than 5 million tourists, with a bookings level 30 per cent higher than in 2019, and we expect more than a million foreign tourists to visit us during the winter, especially all of them from neighboring countries, but also from the United States. and Europe.”
Meanwhile, de Pedro emphasized that his portfolio “is articulating the needs of governors and governors”, because “when we think about employment and the depth of Argentina and we see the numbers of tourism, which is almost 10 percent of GDP, which is a lot of money and a lot of jobs.” , not only do we keep that, but there are whole cities that survive from tourism, where the central economy is generated as a result of tourism activity.”
In the same sense, Ceriani emphasized that they were “sure it would be a very good season” and highlighted the running of the “Pre-Viaje” programme, which he defined as “an exceptional policy implemented by the government, imaginative, which is unprecedented” and “showed amazing effectiveness”, with Pointing out that they “practically match the offer with what we had in the pre-pandemic period.”
In turn, Scioli stressed the importance of Brazil to Argentine tourism and trade and highlighted “the efforts made by the provinces so that Brazilians, in a joint effort with Argentine Airlines, can enjoy what our country has to offer.”
The presentation of the winter offer for Aerolineas Argentinas was in charge of the company’s commercial director, Fabien Lombardo, who explained that with regard to domestic flights, “in April and May, it was possible to reach 100% of passengers carried before- while 92% was reached in The period between January and May, in which 3,732,281 passengers were transported, compared to what it was before the outbreak of the epidemic.”
Along these lines, he explained, “Today 68 routes are in operation, with presences in all provinces, and as of July there will be 77, assisted by 37 destinations, having added Puerto Madryn to the national destinations.”
He also indicated the restart of the Cordoba hub, where 16 destinations are offered and from July Chapelco and San Juan will be added, while 43 intersections are operated without going through Buenos Aires, which will reach 47 this year, compared to 35 what was. There in 2019?
Lombardo highlighted the restoration of the federal, tourist and oil corridors, while the Atlantic corridor will start operating in July, and noted that “the most popular destinations are Bariloche, Cordoba, Mendoza, Ushuaia, El Calafate, Iguazu, Salta, Tucumán, Neuquén and Comodoro Rivadavia.”
Internationally, he said, “62% of passengers were transported compared to what it was before the pandemic, and in July expectations are expected to reach 75%, and today it operates on 21 destinations, after adding Havana and Brasilia to international destinations.”
On the other hand, he noted that the regionalization of Aeroparque “allows all our flights from Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Paraguay and Bolivia to operate there, strengthening the connection with the rest of the country” and commented that they have started work in For the first time, Aeroparque has flights to Lima and Bogota in Colombia , promoting a greater development of tourism to the 35 destinations that the company operates from that air terminal.”
He therefore estimated that “the pre-Covid offer will be recovered from July 2022, the daily flight to Madrid is restored, and since last night we have resumed the operation to Rome with three weekly flights starting in June and 4 in November”.
Regarding the operation with Brazil, which is the most important destination for national tourism, “connections have been implemented with Cordoba, Mendoza and Tucuman, and there will be 4 weekly flights to Porto Alegre and Curitiba, 28 weekly flights to San Pablo and 4 weekly flights to Brasilia”.
With regard to the new routes, he confirmed that “flights between San Pablo – Salta / Tucuman start operating with three weekly flights; 7 weekly flights between San Pablo and Bariloche; two flights between San Pablo and Chapelco; and two flights also between San Pablo and Ushuaia and there will be two weekly flights. between San Pablo, Cordoba and El Calafate.
In the meantime, he noted, “the line between San Pablo and Mendoza will have three weekly codeshare flights with the Brazilian airline GOL.”
“In total, we will have 74 weekly frequencies with Brazil, with a monthly offer of 109,000 seats, which is more than 100% of the pre-Covid offer,” he noted.