The Minister of Tourism and Sports, Matías Lammens, referred to the increase in air connectivity for the summer, particularly for the destinations with the highest demand in that season, such as Mar del Plata, Puerto Iguazú and Córdoba, with non-stop interprovincial flights in Buenos Aires. The official estimated that in the summer period there will be “activity levels well above the pre-pandemic”, given that tourist activity comes with a “very positive impact”, according to those registered during the last long weekend, which “was very auspicious “.
The optimism for that season, he said, is perceived “at the level of reserves” and he hoped that the health situation will improve even more in the coming months due to the progress of the vaccination campaign against the coronavirus, together with a contribution from the ministry to his charge of “more than 100,000 million pesos to sustain the activity.” The minister made these statements at the Pink House to channels 12 of Missions, 10 of Mar del Plata, 7 out of Neuquen and 8 of Córdoba, in which he referred to the recent long weekend, to the results of the program Pre-trip and to the summer season and its connectivity.
In the case of Mar del Plata, city for which Argentinian airlines announced that it will enable during the season 21 flights per week and connections with Rosario, Córdoba, Mendoza and Tucumán, Lammens He said that it is intended that the seaside resort “has more connectivity”, since it is “one of the most popular destinations” for the summer. “If demand continues to grow, we have to work to provide the destination with more connectivity,” he emphasized, adding: “We are happy, after such a difficult time as the one we went through, to have this growth problem and to have to increase the offer”.
Mar del Plata will count every week starting in January with four frequencies from Córdoba (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays), two from Tucuman (Wednesday and Sunday), two from Mendoza (Wednesday and Sunday) and two from Rosario (Tuesdays and Saturdays).
Weekly services to and from Buenos Aires, which are currently seven, will increase to 10 during November and will increase progressively during December to reach 21 in January. About the airport CórdobaHe said that “it has to resume the frequencies that it had; there are many international flights with the desire to return and we gradually advanced. With 50% of the vaccinated population, requirements to enter are beginning to be reduced.”
“If we generate the demand, the flights will return, it is a deserved and fair claim that the Government of Córdoba calling for the airbase to be enabled and with Argentinian airlines we are working to restore connectivity. Hopefully we have more frequency than we had before, “said the minister. Argentinian airlines recently announced its frequency network for the first quarter of 2022, with an increase in supply, both from Buenos Aires as well as from the interior, in such a way that all provinces will have six or more flights per week.
31 “intertramos” are programmed, with 96 frequencies per week between destinations that do not pass through Buenos Aires, which represents approximately 17% of the total operation, to which will be added new intertramos, such as Tucumán-Iguazú, Mendoza-Bariloche, Neuquén-Salta and Bariloche-Viedma. Lammens ratified the announcement of the flag line of the return of the “hub” (node) Córdoba, which means recovering the possibility of flying directly from the provincial capital to 12 destinations, which will allow connecting the north with the south of the country without going through Buenos Aires.
The latter includes the routes between the airports of Córdoba and El Calafate and between Córdoba and Ushuaia, with two weekly frequencies. He also said that Missions It could also “soon” have new air connectivity and that this province is “one of the emblems of national tourism”, with the Iguazu Falls.
Puerto Iguazú, he warned, “largely depends on the tourism it receives from abroad, on foreign tourism; if these visitors did not have so long, the local community had suffered a lot.” That is why he stressed the importance of “having a weekend like this and now also have the perspective of what comes not only with Pre-trip, but also with the possibility now of Brazilian tourism, Uruguayan tourism, Chilean tourism “.
In respect of Pre-trip, argued that “The most important tour operators of the most chosen destinations in the country are very satisfied” with the program, which “we want it to remain as a public policy of the State.” “It is a very interesting program from every point of view, which has many very virtuous edges: it stimulates demand, encourages people to travel around the country, injects liquidity into a sector that was very hit and is strategic for the growth of Argentina, “he said.
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