Por las nuevas medidas, las líneas aéreas y agencias frenan la venta de pasajes o advierten por posibles recargos

The measure of the Federal Administration of Public Revenues (AFIP) that last night made the tourist dollar more expensive by raising the perception on account of the Taxes on profits and personal property -What happened from 35% to 45%– alerted travel agencies and airlines They act as sensing agents. In this sense, some had stopped selling, while others continue to operate, but advising customers that the current amounts do not include the increase that could be claimed by the tax collection agency.

For example, an agency that issued two round-trip tickets to Thailand via Ethiopian informed passengers that the tickets were “subject to change at the time of issuance”.

“Update of 10% of the tax for the perception of Profits not added in this settlement, subject to be paid in the event that the tax authorities of the country and that IATA claims/collects them”, they added.

The poster that an agency puts before an Ethiopian ticket purchase

Meanwhile, in Despegar you could see the following message: “The displayed price may not include the modifications of the General Resolution 4815 in force as of 07/14/2022″.

The message contained in Take off
The message contained in Take off

Sebastián Villa, a lawyer for the airline industry, said that the companies were in the dilemma of suspending sales because the tickets are parameterized with the old rate and, if they fail to collect, they could be committing a tax violation. “Some closed the sales, others operate making the reservation and others are analyzing notifying the AFIP in order to have a backup, because without any notice period they are unable to act as a collection agent,” he explained.

As the system is structured, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) asks the most representative airline of each country (in the case of Argentina, it would be Aerolineas Argentinas) to make a presentation or presentation of the taxes that exist in that nation. In other words, Airlines must report the increase in perception and, once it does so, IATA updates the ticket purchase and reservation system, which can take between 48 and 72 hours.

“The reservation and ticketing system is not something that can be changed manually. Users, travel agents and airlines interact. I do not believe that the companies are attributable, but there is the risk,” added Villa.

The Chamber of Airlines in Argentina (I swear), which brings together more than 95% of the regular commercial air operations of national and foreign airlines, today expressed its concern about resolution 4815 and said that These measures lead airlines to “review their operations in the country.”

“The commercial airline industry is recovering from the worst economic crisis in its history, just operating 55% of the passengers of 2019. And while other countries strive to continue attracting receptive tourism, making available as many seats/flights as possible, this measure takes us in the opposite direction, restricting the generation of more jobs and increasing the unpredictability of operating and planning in our country, attacking the demand and the increase in operations, and requiring companies to review their operations to and from the country,” the statement said.

“From the Chamber of Air Lines in Argentina we express our bewilderment and concern about said measure, which was neither consulted nor anticipated. The application of the PAIS Tax and the collection of 35% at the beginning of 2020 resulted in a drop in local demand, not only for passengers but also for cargo movement. We consider that this increase to 45% in the perception opposes the incentive of tourism and its consequent foreign exchange income for the country”, they stated.

On the other hand, they said that the measure increases the unpredictability of operating and planning in the country, “attempting against the demand and the increase in operations, and requiring companies to review their operations to and from the country.”

“Airlines are profitable when both directions (round trip) have healthy load factors. If we continue making it more expensive and limiting access to travel for Argentines (less emissive passengers), this will generate the reduction of the size of the aircraft or the number of frequencies as the case may be, which will directly impact the viability of foreign tourist trips to the country (receptive passengers), the capacity of cargo warehouses for export and with it less foreign exchange and jobs in the country”, said Felipe Baravalle, executive director of the Chamber.