The business aviation community in Brazil believes the government is finally paying attention to its calls for better access to proper infrastructure. Though that is good news, the sector is still under pressure from the threat of being squeezed by airline activity, warned Eduardo Marson, chairman of industry group ABAG, during a keynote address at yesterday’s opening session at LABACE.
Brazil’s business aviation community convened for its 10th annual LABACE show in São Paulo yesterday in the belief that their government is finally paying attention to their crying need for access to the right infrastructure. But in a keynote address here at Congonhas Airport, Eduardo Marson, chairman of industry group ABAG, warned that the sector is still under pressure from the threat of being squeezed by commercial airline activity.
The wave of protests that has rocked Brazil since June has included opposition to government spending on airports, the blocking of airport access as a way to get attention, and also complaints by the aviation community about government failure to address its needs. In preparation for the 2014 soccer World Cup, stadiums have been built or renovated all over the country, and investments have been made in transportation infrastructure, including airports.