On the first weekend of winter break, several of the international flights were affected at the Ezeiza Airport as a result of the fall of a radar It stopped working this Sunday morning. The service was only able to normalize in the afternoon.
As a result of this malfunction, there were delays in the departure of some of the planes that were in this terminal, as well as in Aeroparque and San Fernando, until after 6:00 p.m. the company in charge of the system reported that the problem was solved. .
What the radar stopped sending information to the air traffic controllers screen around 9:30 a.m.the operators began to create a grid manually to separate arrivals and departures 15 minutes apart.
Because the screens allow you to see the exact location and proximity of the planes to the airport, not having that information, the controllers had to give orders for the planes to remain in the air while waiting for their corresponding clearances to land. . This not only caused arrivals to be delayed, but also flights to depart with delays.
Ezeiza’s situation it also affected operations at Aeroparque and at the San Fernando airportwhich also began to show alerts for delayed flights in their systems.
Sources from the airport sector confirmed to Infobae what a recorded power outage on the Argentine Air Navigation Company (EANA) was the cause of this disorder, which occurred just on the second day of the winter break.
And an hour later, around 1 pm, EANA explained on its Twitter that “Due to the energy disruption in the Ezeiza Area Control Center, the BAIRES Terminal airports present delays in takeoffs at this time.”
Although the same sources confirmed to this medium that around 11:30 the radar began to work normally, the delays in takeoffs continued until a few hours later.
At noon, for example, one of the flights that had to leave for Salta at 11:45 from Aeroparque had not yet taken off. The same thing happened in Ezeiza with the aircraft that were heading towards Santiago de Chile and San Juan around the same time.
Finally, After 6:00 p.m. EANA reported that “the energy problems in the Ezeiza Area Control Center (ACC)” had been solved and assured that “all the airports of the BAIRES Terminal” were already providing “service normally”.
The radar problem occurred just two days after a fog will affect, this Friday, the flights in Ezeiza.
On that occasion, most had to be diverted to other alternative airports such as Aeroparque, Rosario, Córdoba or Montevideo. It affected users of Aerolineas Argentinas, Latam, American Airlines, KLM, Iberia and Air France, among others. In total, there were 21 services affected.
Last week it was also necessary to divert flights from Aeroparque to Ezeiza because the ANAC vans that operate to direct the planes when there is fog did not work. These are the vehicles called “Follow Me” that signal the path of the aircraft so that they arrive correctly at the hangar when there is low visibility.
After two years of a pandemic where travel was restricted to the maximum, the advancement of vaccination and the flexibilizations implemented on flights led to a high demand this winter season
Aerolineas Argentinas, for example, plans a daily movement of 250 flights, with an average of 38,000 passengers transported each day, and a full occupation towards the main tourist destinations of the country.
The cities most chosen by tourists are Barilochewith more than 100 weekly flights and arrivals from Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Rosario, Mendoza, Salta, Viedma and San Pablo; Y Mendoza with 80 weekly flights with arrivals from Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Iguazú, Bariloche, Jujuy, Neuquén, Mar del Plata and Santiago de Chile.
follow him ushuaia with 40 weekly flights and arrivals from Buenos Aires, Córdoba, El Calafate and San Pablo; El Calafate with 30 weekly flights and arrivals from Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Ushuaia and San Pablo; Y jump, with 65 and arrivals from Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Córdoba, Mendoza, Iguazú, Tucumán, Neuquén, Resistencia and São Paulo.
then they are iguazu which has 53 weekly flights with arrivals from Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Rosario, Mendoza, Jujuy and Tucumán; Neuquén, which has 53 weekly flights with arrivals from Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Mendoza, Salta and Comodoro Rivadavia; Y San martin de los andeswhich has 27 weekly flights with arrivals from Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Rosario and São Paulo.
Finally, among the most popular destinations is Mar del Platawith 27 weekly flights and arrivals from Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Mendoza and Bahía Blanca, also connecting with the routes of the recently inaugurated “Atlantic Corridor” that joins Mar del Plata, Bahía Blanca, Trelew, Comodoro Rivadavia and Rio Gallegos.