Paraguay Resumes Commercial Flights

The Paraguayan major international airport, Silvio Pettirossi located in Asunción on October 21, resumed its commercial activities.

Flight operations has since March 24 been suspended since March 24 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While Guaraní airport, located in the city of Minga Guazú, Alto Paraná, also resumed operations.

The official resumption of the commercial routes kicked off with a ceremony at the headquarters of the Silvio Pettirossi airport, with the presence and participation of the Paraguayan President, Mario Abdo Benítez.

According to IP, during the months of April, May, June, July, August and September, the number of passengers decreased by 91%, while the number of flights decreased by 46%. In turn, air cargo decreased by 21%.

A strict sanitary protocol established by the Ministry of Public Health has been implemented in both airports for travelers, airlines and airport workers.

Despite the financial impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Direction of Civil Aeronautics (DINAC) promoted a series of works after 40 years, despite a 55% drop in revenue. These works consisted of the expansion of the air terminal, improvement of the main runway and the corresponding readjustment in accordance with the biosafety protocol. For this purpose, $783 million were invested.

The president of the DINAC, Felix Kanazawa, stated that most of the airlines operating in Paraguay have already begun to commercialize flight tickets and he expects that activities will begin to normalize from November.

The goal is to return to pre-pandemic levels and follow the trend of growth and development. To do this, the Paraguayan Government recognized that the key is to regain the confidence of the passengers so that they can fly safely again.

According to aviacionline, the airlines and destinations that will be reactivated in the coming weeks are the following: Air Europa will resume flights between Madrid and Asunción; Amaszonas will resume operations between Montevideo and Asunción, and Santa Cruz de la Sierra and Asunción; Avianca will be operating flights between Bogotá and Asunción; Copa Airlines will resume flights between Panama City and Asunción; LATAM will resume operations between Lima and Asunción, Sao Paulo and Asunción, and Santiago de Chile and Asunción; and, Paranair will be operating flights between Asunción and Montevideo.

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