Flights face disruptions today due to strikes at Ezeiza and “Jorge Newbery” airports. Air traffic control operators are protesting against working conditions and a series of layoffs. The strike has resulted in mass diversions, cancellations and delays, leaving 200 people stranded at Rosario airport.
Flights at both airports were facing severe delays and cancellations today, prompting the diversion of many planes to Cordoba, Rosario and Mar del Plata.
The strike has been organised by the union of air traffic controllers (ANACTA) who claim they are suffering “appalling working conditions” which are threatening the safety of the service
The union is angry at cuts to staff and said on Tuesday “in the airport there needs to be 60 controllers, but there are barely 30 due to the lack of staff and the number who have been moved.”
Commercial aviation industry sources in at airports said this morning that all services were at a standstill. However other spokesmen claimed that flights had resumed by midday, though with severe delays and cancellations.
The union initiated actions several weeks ago, changing the times of their working schedules and causing changes to planned flights.
Commercial industry aviation sources claim the current strike occurred after a meeting between authorities of the National Administration of Civil Aviation (ANAC) and the Air Force with directors of private airlines about the conflict with the air traffic controllers. The meeting failed to provide an agreement.
A source from the Argentine and Austral airlines said “although there are delays in departures and arrivals due to the strike actions, operations are being carried out in accordance with the planned operating procedures.”