December 10, 2013
Government seeks to operate in Brazilian and Chilean hangars
In a press conference, Interior and Transport Minister Florencio Randazzo requested LATAM to permit domestic flights for Aerolíneas Argentinas in Chile and Brazil.
“We have no intention to throw out any commercial airline”, stated Randazzo, while Economy Vice Minister Axel Kicillof added that the government intention “is to defend our national airline”.
Therefore, Fernández de Kirchner administration will seek to receive the same benefits that LAN and TAM airlines enjoy in Argentina.
In addition Kicillof was asked on the meeting he held earlier with LAN’s Vice President Enrique Cueto in order to obtain a solution for the dispute between both parts.
“It was a cordial meeting”, revealed Kicillof, while saying that “we asked LAN to join us in the negotiation and authorize ‘Aerolineas’ to operate in Brazilian and Chilean airports”.
Judge Claudia Rodríguez Vidal issued a preliminary injunction yesterday freezing the order to evict the local unit of Chilean airline LAN, part of the LATAM group, from its hangar at the Jorge Newbery metropolitan airport in Buenos Aires City.