Government to simplify regulations to unlock regional aviation program
On April 24, 2015, the Brazilian Government insured a decree altering the environmental licensing regulations with the intention of speeding up infrastructure works, including those being performed on airports. Following the changes to these regulations the Government is preparing a new resolution intended to launch the regional aviation program.
On May 22, 2015, the Department for Support of the National Environment Council (DConoma) called an extraordinary meeting of the Environmental Policies Integration Committee (CIPAM) for May 29, in order to discuss the draft of the new resolution.
The draft resolution establishes a set of regulations that each State in the country should follow in order to fully license their own airports.
In addition, according to the draft resolution, a developer no longer needs to contract complex environmental studies before requesting authorization for its project. In place of the so-called Environmental Impact Study, a Simplified Environmental Report will soon suffice.
Furthermore, the developer will quickly be able to make a single request for the environmental viability and works clearance license, whereas before, it had been necessary to first obtain an environmental liability license and afterwards an operating license.
The length of time for license requests will also alter. Each of the States’ Environmental Departments will have 90 days in which to permit or deny clearance for the project. As soon as the airport is ready, the operating license will also need to be analyzed within 90 days.
By means of this Resolution, the Government will attempt to get the regional aviation program that seeks to increase access to air transport off the drawing board.