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Argentina: Government promotes competition in public transport

 |  August 21, 2018

Argentina’s Ministry of Transportation has issued a resolution introducing a series of measures aimed at modernizing the transport sector, improving its competitiveness.

As of September 1, long-distance bus services will be able to sell tickets with discounts of between 15% and 95% with more than 10 days in advance, applicable to destinations throughout the country. It is expected that this will allow passengers to find more offers, with better prices and greater promotions for the seasons and trips with little demand.

“Connectivity and transport in a country as big as ours are fundamental for tourism, as said President Mauricio Macri. And this is a driving force. In many parts of the country’s interior it is a condition of whether or not there is development or not. In this context, long-distance buses play a very important role. This new possibility, together with the infrastructure plan that we are carrying out -doubling the highways across Argentina-, will help more and more people to travel. Therefore, opportunities and employment will grow throughout the country” said Guillermo Dietrich, the transportation minister.

The resolution also opened up the possibility of forming “cooperation consortiums”, or “codesharing” for operators, allowing two or more companies to exploit valuable routes together. As a complement, companies will be encouraged to market additional services, or intermodal passages, by assembling “packages” with airlines.
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