Flight disruptions recorded on November 2 in Buenos Aires’ Jorge Newbery Airport (AEP)

Reports indicate that the Argentinian Association of Airplane Navigators (AAA) carried an unannounced members’ assembly followed by a strike to protest against labor disputes and the alleged political prosecution of unions in the aviation sector. The industrial action reportedly disrupted more than 30 flights, affecting at least 8,000 passengers.


As previously assessed, unions representing personnel in the aviation sector continue to oppose the entry of new players into the local airline industry, claiming wider competition undermines not only the state-owned national carrier, but overall working conditions, if not traditional privileges afforded to airline staff. Bearing in mind surging grievances associated with Argentina’s economic hardships, as well as the union’s favorable political leanings toward the opposition, strikes disrupting outbound flights from Argentina will likely become more frequent over the coming months.

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