- Title: Airline passengers try to sort out travel amid coronavirus chaos
- Date: 13th March 2020
- Summary: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (MARCH 13, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING SIGN FOR AEROLINEAS ARGENTINAS VARIOUS OF PASSENGERS WAITING OUTSIDE THE AEROLINEAS ARGENTINAS BUILDING TO SORT OUT THEIR TRAVEL SIGN POSTED ON DOOR ABOUT CORONAVIRUS FROM AEROLINEAS ARGENTINAS EXPLAINING WHERE PASSENGERS CAN GO FOR MORE INFORMATION VARIOUS OF PASSENGERS WAITING OUTSIDE THE AEROLINEAS ARGENTINAS BUILDING TO SORT OUT THEIR TRAVEL SIGN FOR AMERICAN AIRLINES PASSENGERS WAITING OUTSIDE AMERICAN AIRLINES OFFICES TO SORT OUT THEIR TRAVEL CLOSE UP OF MAN SORTING THROUGH TICKETS VARIOUS OF PASSENGERS WAITING OUTSIDE AMERICAN AIRLINES OFFICES TO SORT OUT THEIR TRAVEL (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LAWYER, KARINA ECHAZU, SAYING: "I came to the agency today because in reality it was difficult for me to communicate and one of my sons is in the United States and has to return, so he is going to bring the flight forward so that he can get here before Tuesday.â€ PASSENGERS WAITING OUTSIDE AMERICAN AIRLINES OFFICES TO SORT OUT THEIR TRAVEL FRENCH NATIONAL, HENRY LAVNOVSKY, WAITING IN LINE (SOUNDBITE) (English) FRENCH NATIONAL, HENRY LAVNOVSKY, SAYING: "First of all, they are very, disorganized here in the airport. When I come in, you're talking about being spread out, when I come in there were six planes, five from Europe, beside one from the States and everyone was piled up like pigs. How do you stop the contagion?"
- Keywords: COVID-19 airlines cancellations coronavirus
- Reuters ID: LVA001C4W0TAF
- Location: BUENOS AIRES AND EZEIZA, ARGENTINA
- City: BUENOS AIRES AND EZEIZA, ARGENTINA
- Country: Argentina
- Duration: 00:01:58
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: Argentines and tourists lined up outside of airline offices on Friday (March 13) attempting to sort out travel plans ahead of the implementation of strict travel measures aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus.
Earlier this week, Argentina said it would stop issuing visas to travelers and suspend flights from countries hardest-hit by the virus, including the United States, China, Japan, South Korea and European countries.
On Thursday (March 12), Argentina reported 31 cases, up from 21 the day before, and one death. Most involved people who had traveled abroad, mostly to Europe, but a few people have been infected locally.
Anxious travelers said the situation was feeling "disorganized."
On Friday, the government mandated that starting on Tuesday (March 17) only Aerolineas Argentina would be able to repatriate Argentine.
Officials in the capital, Buenos Aires, said they would ban public attendance at sporting events and large gatherings, state news agency Telam reported.
(Production: Horacio Soria, Miguel Lo Bianco)
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