Aerolíneas Argentinas cancels all Monday flights due to strikes

Photo: © Eric Salard

Aerolíneas Argentinas, the Argentinian flag-carrier has cancelled all flights scheduled for Monday, November 26th, due to strikes from several different labor unions.

The airline says it was forced to cancel 371 flights, affecting more than 40,000 passengers over the day.

Multiple labor unions, representing cockpit, cabin, ground and maintenance crews had called for the strike. The labor action, which started at midnight, is open-ended, meaning that it could last 24 hours or even longer.

This comes just days before the country is hosting the international G20 meeting with the world’s 20 biggest economies.

Aerolíneas Argentinas was founded in 1949 and is currently operating a fleet of 56 aircraft, consisting of Boeing 737, Airbus A330 and A340. Its sister airline for domestic flights, Austral Líneas Aéreas, is operating 26 Embraer E190 under a similar branding as the mainline. Aerolíneas Argentinas employs more than 10,000 people.

This is not the first time the carrier’s operations are impacted, as labor strikes are quite common in Argentina due to the high inflation rate the country is facing at the moment.