Air traffic between US and Brazil takes off
Now on the home stretch of preparations for the “open skies” between Brazil and the United States to move into effect, Brazilian authorities are celebrating the results of the freeing up of flights between the two countries.
Brazil`s National Aviation Agency (ANAC) has recently granted Azul 10 new weekly frequencies for international passenger and cargo flights between Brazil and the United States. Avianca was granted 14 new weekly frequencies.
Air transport is an expanding sector and it is becoming more and more competitive each year. The number of travelers transported by flights from Brazil to the United States, according to ANAC’s report, grew by 89.2% between 2008 and 2013. During the same period, the number of weekly flights increased from 166 to 260. The number now stands at 300.
One point of concern, however, revolves around the moving into effect, as of October this year, of the final phase of the open skies agreement signed between the two countries.
The first four stages of the agreement, each of which concluded progressively with the limits on new flights, have been implemented without any problems. For the fifth and final phase, however, the agreement between Brazil and the United States needs to be formally substituted, as this final section provides for a limit for the number of flights. Even though there is still space for new routes, such limit prevents the implementation of an “open skies” system.
For the Brazilian Government, freeing up the air transport services between Brazil and the United States has meant positive results: as well as making Brazil better connected with international destinations, it has led to greater competition, which has been reflected in the prices paid by travelers.