Aerolíneas Argentinas has cancelled 35 flights, re-scheduled another 49, and suspended ticket sales through Sunday after 15 of its airplanes were damaged in last week’s hail and electrical storm.
The airline has confirmed that approximately 3,600 passengers due to travel today have been affected, with 75 percent of them put on alternative flights for today and another 20 percent departing tomorrow.
Austral planes will cover two Aerolíneas flights and the routes to Bariloche, El Calafate, and Río de Janeiro will be serviced by part of the intercontinental fleet. The suspension of ticket sales, the airline stated, is a precaution to prevent further inconvenience for passengers as the situation is normalized.
According to the flagship carrier, the 15 airplanes that were damaged are Boeing 737s and are currently undergoing repairs. The airline reported that it is hoping to have some planes back online in the short term once the repairs are certified. Aerolíneas has a total fleet of 81 airplanes.
Aerolíneas has offered to refund or reschedule the affected flights.