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According to the sector entities, this rate increase will further deepen the crisis they are suffering from the coronavirus pandemic

The international air tickets They are more expensive from this Friday by the 11.8% increase in the dollar rate for “use of air station”, which caused concern among the international chambers of the sector.

The raise the rate, which is currently US $ 51, will be US $ 6 per international passenger, so now must be paid u $ s57. This is one of the fees that passengers pay when buying a ticket.

The increase has already come into effect for tickets issued and to be used from March 15 next.

Business chambers considered that the increase means an “artificial increase in prices” and warned that it may cause a “greater contraction in demand, which is currently already contracted.”

The International Air Transport Associations (IATA), Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport (ALTA) and the Board of Representatives of Air Companies (JURCA), sent a note to the Regulatory Body of the National Airport System (Orsna), claiming to annul the measure.

The entities argued that the increase in this rate, which raises its value to $ 57, “will deepen the crisis in the sector.”

International tickets increased this Friday

The president of JURCA, Diego García, said that although the increase “does not seem like an extraordinary amount over the total value of the ticket, it adds to a heavy burden of taxes and fees, which already make the cost of flying to other countries very expensive” .

“Most governments took measures such as reducing the use of air stations, landing and take-off, to try to alleviate the cost so that this has a positive impact on a reduction in prices for the passenger,” Garcia said.

What does the Resolution say

Orsna Resolution 4/2021 was published this week in the Official Gazette. There he maintains that Domestic Air Station Use Rates they will remain frozen until 2022 so as not to “affect competitiveness and productivity while the recovery of the sector is generated.”

But that there is a “need to readjust the current Tariff Table with a variation of the International Air Station Use Rate (TUAI) “as a tool to generate an economically sustainable performance path for the set of air terminals in charge of Airports Argentina 2000, with the least impact on users that has been possible to envision.”

The resolution stated that “the rate modification that is proposed is not the one that arises from the usual regulatory exercise, but is the result of the interaction between the extension of the concession term and those rates that give sustainability and viability to the required investments “.

He also remarked that “in order to preserve the competitiveness of the air Transport, he Orsna it expressly sought not to affect any airport charge applicable directly to airlines that perform domestic or international services, nor to affect the usage rate for regional flights. ”

Airport taxes for domestic flights

The state

The measure aims not to affect the competitiveness and productivity of the sector

The Government ordered the total freezing of the Domestic Air Station Use Rate (TUA) until the end of 2021, through resolution 4/2021 of the Regulatory Body of the National Airport System (Orsna) published this Wednesday in the Official bulletin.

It specified that the measure aims to “not affect the competitiveness and productivity of the sector; while the resurgence of the same is generated, seeking to achieve increasing levels of air connectivity for the benefit of users and the enhancement of the direct and indirect impacts of commercial air transport “.

In addition, it indicated that ” aeronautical taxes, corresponding to domestic operations carried out in Argentina, are not only among the least expensive in the region but also in the world, choosing, judiciously, for the decision not to increase them to achieve productivity and competitiveness gains of the different actors in the sector of commercial air transport “.

Last December 16, the government extended by 10 years the original date of completion of the concession contract of Aeropuertos Argentina 2000, until 2038, with a federal investment plan of US $ 2.5 billion, of which US $ 1.4 billion will be executed in the next seven years.

In this sense, the resolution indicated that “the rate modification that is proposed is not the one that arises from the usual regulatory exercise, but is the result of the interaction between the extension of the concession term and those rates that give sustainability and viability to the required investments “.

He also remarked that “in order to preserve the competitiveness of air transport, the Orsna it expressly sought not to affect any airport charge applicable directly to airlines that perform domestic or international services, nor to affect the usage rate for regional flights. “