BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina has banned until September ticket sales for commercial flights as part of its coronavirus response, prompting an industry outcry that the new measure will put a massive strain on airlines and airports.
While the country’s borders have been closed since March, the new decree goes further in preventing until Sept. 1 the sale and purchase of commercial flights to, from, or within Argentina. The spread of coronavirus “does not allow certainties” for the end of social isolation measures, which would threaten commercial air transportation, the decree said.
Argentina has been under a national lockdown since March 20. The government, over the weekend, extended the quarantine until May 10 but said it had been successful in slowing the rate at which new cases double. The country has 3,892 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 192 deaths.
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