Brazil Takes Slot Requests, Threatens Fines for World Cup

 - May 13, 2014, 3:28 PM

At 0300 UTC tomorrow, Brazil is opening registration for business aviation slots during the 2014 World Cup, which will take place from June 12 through July 13 at 12 cities across the country. Civil aviation administration agency ANAC also announced fines of up to $40,000 and even suspension of pilot certificates if commercial and general aviation flights don’t comply with the slot restrictions.

Despite incomplete airport renovations and other expected glitches, ANAC claims airports will be able to handle the planned commercial flights and that the fines are to ensure airlines fly as planned.

Universal Aviation Brazilian flight coordinator Jamiyle Hormigo told AIN that ramp space is the most critical limitation, though less so in Rio, and some business aviation operators flying in for the World Cup might need to accept alternate times. Since it’s a tournament, “Depending on who’s eliminated, we’ll have slots opening,” he added. According to Hormigo, operators of more than 1,000 business jets have made requests for the Rio final.

Jet Aviation local partner C>Fly is taking reservations for high-density parking for up to 300 business jets at Rio’s Galeao Airport (SGGL). C>Fly partner Francisco Lyra told AIN that he expects his facility will be able to handle the demand.