By João Paulo Moralez
The resumption of the Brazilian airline industry will require many efforts from the government and companies. Conquering the confidence of passengers in relation to flight safety during the coronavirus season, expanding investments in infrastructure, improving the legal framework and facilitating certain processes are some of the points to be worked on.
Regional aviation will also be instrumental in stimulating travel and improving connectivity between small and medium-sized cities to large urban centers.
A clear example is the city of Santa Maria, in Rio Grande do Sul, whose airport structure serves scheduled and non-scheduled flights.
Before the pandemic, Azul Linhas Aéreas maintained a daily flight connecting the small town of 280 thousand inhabitants to Porto Alegre, capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, in a 50-minute flight.
In 2019, the average was 17 flights per month at the airport, and in May 2020 alone, 43 general aviation flights were registered to serve the transportation of valuables, the sick and air taxi in general.
The Ministry of Infrastructure decided to maintain the improvement and modernization works at several airports in the country, as a way to boost the sector as it gradually resumed its activity.
In the first half of 2020, INFRAERO, a state-owned company that manages several airports in Brazil, delivered six works in the cities of Uberaba, Foz do Iguaçu, Navegantes, Campo Grande, Goiânia and Joinville.
“Even with the coronavirus pandemic, Infraero has maintained the schedule for the execution of works at several airports in the network. In addition, we took advantage of the low movement period at our airports to speed up the completion and delivery of these works that were already planned, ”said Brigadeiro Paes de Barros.
In Uberaba (MG), the aircraft runway and patio were revitalized, while the Foz do Iguaçu-Cataratas (PR) international airport received an expansion and renovation of its passenger terminal.
In Navegantes (SC), a new departure lounge was opened; in Campo Grande (MS), general improvements were made and, in the airport of Santa Genoveva (GO), renovation of the aircraft and taxiway parking yard. Finally, in Joinville (SC), the pavement was rehabilitated and the lane’s horizontal signaling was revitalized.
“Our agenda cannot stop. While part of the team works to guarantee the logistics and operation of airports, highways, ports and railways, another part continues to structure our projects, an ordinary activity of the ministry. Everyone continues to work to ensure the recovery that Brazil needs ”, points out the Minister of Infrastructure, Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas.
Still for 2020, the expectation is that other airports will undergo reforms and improvements. In Congonhas, (SP), the recovery of the runway, the aircraft yard and the renovation of the passenger terminal facade is expected.
In Foz do Iguaçu, the expansion of the aircraft yard and the taxiway and the doubling of access to the passenger terminal. In Manaus (AM), vertical signage will be implemented in the aircraft movement area, while at Santarém airport (PA) the reconstruction of the runway and runway headlands. Finally, in Navegantes, the renovation and expansion of the passenger terminal and complementary buildings will be carried out. Thus, airports in almost all regions of Brazil will undergo improvements to improve air operations and the quality and service to passengers.