* Fundación Bases analyzed the proposal of Flybondi to the Representatives and Senators.
* With Low Cost flights you could save up to 85% of current expenses.
* Senators, including those of the city of Buenos Aires, receive up to 70 thousand pesos for “mobility”.
The low-cost airline Flybondi launched the campaign “Legislators #VuelenUltraLowcost (fly ultra low cost)” a few weeks ago. So far, none of our representatives wants to save us money.
The idea of the campaign is obvious: flying with Flybondi, both senators and representatives would spend less. Even the company redoubled the bet and promised “to offer you the cheapest price that exists and, for each time you travel, we will release a seat so that another person who really needs it will have the” freedom to fly “.
It is very interesting then that, not even for marketing reasons, none of our representatives have even contemplated the idea. Why? Let’s see.
Representatives and Senators have different systems to deal with their mobility issues.
In the case of the Representatives, since the beginning of this year, they have four alternatives:
1) receive 30 thousand pesos per month
2) receive 12 sections of unnamed air tickets (this means that anyone can use them) and 10 thousand pesos
3) 10 sections of unnamed land passages and 20 thousand pesos
4) 12 air tickets and 20 land tickets
The senators, on the other hand, maintain the even more insulting regime of “exchange of tickets”. Thus, many of them received up to 70 thousand pesos per month thanks to this method.
It is necessary to clarify that these expenses of mobility and possibility of exchanging passages correspond to all the Representatives of the congress, even to those elected by the City of Buenos Aires. As for the transportation of the three senators from the capital, who can go to Congress by subway or bus, all Argentines spend 210 thousand pesos a month. And in the case of the representatives, 30 thousand pesos … each one! (they are 25).
It is evident then why Senators have no interest or incentive in flying low-cost. In the case of deputies who have chosen any of the variants that include passages, opting for Flybondi or another cheaper option should be an obligation.
However, nobody seems interested. Symbolically, the message sent to you by represented representatives is abhorrent. While ordinary citizens juggle to survive inflation close to 45% and with tax novelties that include the payment of earnings for salaries of a thousand dollars, they live as lavishly as the Court of Louis XVI.
From Fundación Bases we consider that it is a moral obligation of the representatives and senators to choose the cheapest option when traveling to their provinces. According to our estimates, 71 million pesos a year could be saved if the legislators traveled in the low cost company. What it would mean to save 85% of what they currently spend per passenger, or 42% of total general spending on air travel or compensation for air mobility.
In turn, the entire mobility system for representatives and senators should rethink from common sense and austerity.
That the senators, even the one of the CABA, can exchange passages turns out to be an aberrant practice. And in general, that Argentine citizens, whose average salary does not reach 30 thousand pesos, also have to pay for the passages of the deputies and senators is crazy.
A democracy is not sustainable with representatives who live as kings and represented who barely survive.
It is what could be saved on average by air travel effectively made by using a low-cost instead of Aerolineas Argentinas.
It is the approximate total annual amount that both chambers could generate savings for change of airline only accounting for airline tickets paid and effectively made.
It is the saving in possible passages of both chambers for the use of low-cost airlines in effective travel and for air mobility compensation.
It is the approximate total annual amount that both chambers could generate savings by changing the airline of the trips made and the corresponding recalculation of the alternative amounts corresponding to 12 passages of the compensatory option for air mobility.
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