Government evaluates closing Ezeiza Airport for international flights

Given the increase in the number of positive cases registered in recent weeks, as well as the appearance of a new strain of the coronavirus within the country, the country’s main airport terminal could stop receiving international flights in the coming days.

At the different levels of the airport system there is already talk of a possible closure of all international flights as of January 15, according to various sources in the sector to NA. However, the decision is in the hands of those responsible for the Health area.

The key date for the decision would be Friday, January 8, since until that day the ban on flights with the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia and Denmark, where the new strain of Covid-19 had been detected, applies.

If the new measure is materialized, the closure would be total for international flights: in principle, domestic flights would be maintained, but it is also under study.

The eventual total closure of borders addresses the two issues that most concern the authorities these days: the circulation of the new form of coronavirus, which began to be detected in destinations with which Argentina maintains flights – such as New York, which registered his first case on Monday- and the growth of infections internally.

The measure was on the table at the meeting held last week by President Alberto Fernández, the Buenos Aires governor, Axel Kicillof, and the head of the Buenos Aires Government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, who plan to talk again between Thursday and Friday to define whether or not new restrictions apply, such as a night curfew.

In addition, for those days the teams of the national, provincial and Buenos Aires administration would have a clearer picture of the evolution of the contagion curve after the Christmas and New Year celebrations, the sources consulted indicated.

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