Brazil’s regional development plan calls for 270 new regional airports. But that’s a number many see as unrealistically high. Passenger numbers have been growing 10 percent per year, but much of the Brazilian population still has no easy access to airports. There are only around 130 airports with scheduled airline service is a country the size of the U.S.
Viracopos-Campinas International Airport
On Monday this week, the day before the LABACE show opened at Congonhas Airport in São Paulo, Brazilian business aviation industry group ABAG held a conference at which Coronel Aviador Ary Rodrigues Bertolino, head of CGNA (Air Traffic Management Center), analyzed the organization’s role planning air traffic for the 2014 soccer World Cup (Copa do Mundo de Futebol).
Yesterday’s tax auction by the Brazilian government of a Bombardier Challenger 300 and Dassault Falcon 900 at Viracopos Airport in Campinas, Brazil, failed to garner the minimum bids of $12.85 million and $5.05 million, respectively. Another auction will be scheduled, possibly by year-end, with lower minimums that have not yet been determined.
Brazilian tax authorities will auction a Challenger 300 and a Falcon 900 seized last June, supposedly imported by Brazilians without payment of customs duties, on November 25. The 17-month seizure-to-auction cycle is rapid for Brazil, which is working to clear Viracopos Airport of aircraft that deteriorated to scrap while the courts debated their fate.
When Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff signed a decree in December last year permitting the private construction and operation of airports, it opened the way to major changes in the country’s airport infrastructure and operations, with São Paulo state as a primary launching pad.
Brazil’s first private business aviation airport received government approval when civil aviation minister Moreira Franco signed the authorization July 25 at ceremonies in São Paulo. The approval came a little more than six months after Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff signed a decree permitting the private construction and operation of airports.
Brazilian tax, police and aviation authorities joined forces to seize nine business jets last week, and they have targeted 13 more aircraft. According to officials, Brazilians allegedly own and use the jets but registered them overseas to avoid Brazilian state and federal import taxes of nearly 35 percent. Foreign-registered airplanes can remain in Brazil for up to 60 days without paying import duties.
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) served as an ideal destination this week for a series of biofuel demonstration flights that transported, among others, ICAO secretary general Raymond Benjamin to Rio de Janeiro for the sessions.
Azul Linhas Aereos, Brazil’s newest discount airline, registered a 79.71-percent load factor and carried 2.2 million passengers last year, its first full year of operation, and the fledgling carrier expects to turn a profit this year.
If your FBO has a runway on one side and a major highway on the other, and you can’t buy or lease the space on either side, what do you do to expand your hangar accommodations? Aroldo Cardoso, president of Premier Aéreo, adjacent to Runway 17 at São Paulo’s Congonhas Airport, picked the only other direction–down. By early next year, Premier Aéreo will have completed work on a new 161,400-sq-ft hangar under the existing FBO facility.
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