The state-owned Aerolineas Argentinas decided to reduce its frequency of flights to Rome from five to three weeks, due to the fall in reservations on that route due to the incidence of the coronavirus in Italy, company sources told Efe on Thursday.
In principle, it is a “tactical cancellation” that has scope only for March.
“There began to be many requests for cancellation of reserves and occupancy levels fall below the optimal levels to operate a route that is long and expensive,” the sources said.
Looking to April, we will study how the situation continues.
The company is finishing defining how to compensate passengers affected by flights canceled to Rome, but options such as offering to travel a day before or after or do so via Madrid are planned.
In addition to many national flights and to various destinations in Latin America, Aerolineas Argentinas has among its international frequencies flights to Rome, Madrid and New York and Miami in the United States. No company flies directly from Argentina to China, the country where the virus originated.
Other airlines have already made similar decisions in the world, such as Lufthansa, which reported Thursday that it will cancel 7,100 flights in Germany, Italy or other destinations until the end of March due to the fall in demand and the Portuguese airline TAP, which It will cancel 1,000 flights scheduled for March and April.
The epidemic of the so-called Covid19 has already cost the lives of 3,281 people and is forcing people from different countries to live with uncertainty and restrictions in everyday life.
Although the origin of the virus is China, with at least 3,012 dead, Italy is one of the worst countries stopped by the epidemic, where 148 people have taken their lives, a situation that has led the country to take drastic measures to try to stop the expansion, with the closure of schools and universities and the suspension of dozens of public events.
According to Civil Protection, those killed in these last twenty-four hours were “fragile” people with previous pathologies and aged between 66 and 94 years.