Argentina Flights Affected by Strike, Violent Protests

Protesters bang pots while demonstrating against the pension reform as they march to the Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina. // Photo by AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano via Newscred

Several media outlets are reporting that flights to, from and through Buenos Aires, Argentina are being disrupted due to ongoing protests that have resulted in roughly 50 arrests and nearly 150 injured.

According to ABC News, the clash between police and protesters Monday came outside of Argentina's Congress as lawmakers debated a proposed pension overhaul that has prompted union leaders to orchestrate a general strike.

According to that report, demonstrators threw bottles, rocks and gasoline bombs, while police in riot gear responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and jets of water. Authorities said 48 people had been arrested and 149 were injured, including police officers, retirees and journalists, according to ABC News.

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And according to Fox News, the 24-hour general strike has grounded hundreds of flights.

LATAM Airlines reports on its website that it canceled all flights after 12 p.m. on Monday, December 18 and plans to restore operations “gradually” on Tuesday, Dec. 19. It will allow all passengers wishing to change their date/flight without penalty to do so up to 15 days from the original date. Click here for LATAM's full waiver details. 

Other major airlines that have issued flight waivers include American Airlines and United Airlines. According to a statement on America’s website, waivers will be issued for any client flying to, from or through Buenos Aires, Cordoba or Mendoza, Argentina. According to AA, clients who bought their tickets by December 18 can travel from December 18-22. Click here for the full AA waiver details. 

According to United’s website, waivers will be issues for clients flying to, from or through Buenos Aires. The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before December 21, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed. Click here for the full United waiver details. 

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