Redistribution of ‘Slots’ at Congonhas
Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) has authorized the distribution of slots to airline companies operating at São Paulo’s Congonhas Airport, with the aim of encouraging competition at the airport and reducing ticket preces.
For the first time in seven years, the Government has decided to increase the number of flights at Congonhas, which had been reduced following the accident involving TAM flight 3054 in 2007. The number of slots was reduced from 48 to 34 per hour.
After almost two years of discussion, ANAC has now officially established the distribution of the slots. In total, 43 slots per day have been distributed among airlines considered to be entrants, that is, with a share of up to 12% of flights at Congonhas. As such, this means that the TAM and Gol were unable to to take part in the dispute for the new slots. They will, therefore, now have a share of 88% of all landings and departures.
Azul Airlines has gained 26 slots per day whilst Avianca received 17. Avianca now has a 7% share of the airport’s activity.
Once the distributed slots have moved into regular operation, ANAC will start to evaluate the delays and cancellations of flights operated by all the airlines, based upon the new criteria established for Congonhas. The companies will have to meet standards which require that 90% of their flights operate regularly and 80% arrive and depart on time, in order to guarantee that the slots granted are maintained.
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