Chaos erupted in the City of Buenos Aires’ Aeroparque Jorge Newbery airport early this morning around 6:30 AM when a disgruntled passenger assaulted an Aerolíneas Argentinas employee after missing his flight. This triggered a company-wide stall at the airport in which all employees left their positions behind the counters to meet up and sort out the issue at hand, according to local sources.
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“At Aeroparque, a passenger arrived late to an Aerolíneas Argentinas flight after the doors had already been closed. He assaulted an employee, and the union withdrew the check-in staff.”
Passengers were unable to check-in to their flights without any employees attending to them, and this meant a giant uproar from some in the airport. For others, it meant a couple more hours of sleep, even though the Aeroparque floor wasn’t properly cushioned.
But don’t panic. According to local sources, Aerolíneas Argentinas and Austral flights, the two airlines affected by the delays this morning (and the airlines who control about 80 percent of traffic at the airport), are beginning to normalize their departures and are aiming to start sending out flights again this afternoon.
Check the status of flights at the airport.