By João Paulo Moralez
After suffering a decrease in the offer of flights and an increase in airfares in the Amazon region, the Ministry of Infrastructure announced an emergency plan with investments of over USD 48 million to benefit regional aviation in the Amazon. The goal is to improve infrastructure, stimulate increased flights and lower airfares.
In northern Brazil, the predominant transportation is by waterways, which makes travel extremely long. The aim is to conduct infrastructure actions on at least 16 airports, as well as inspecting two MAP Linhas Aéreas ATR 42 twin-engined turboprop aircraft, which are grounded after incidents. In addition, an ATR 72 will also strengthen air operations in that region.
Eirunepé and São Gabriel da Cachoeira airports are receiving investments from the National Civil Aviation Secretariat (SAC), allowing ATR 72 to fly from these locations.
“We will operate practically at all airports in the region. At the beginning of next year, work is already underway at Coari Airport, which is fundamental for the region, and with this we will create the necessary infrastructure to have more competition, bringing aircraft from other companies”, said Infrastructure Minister Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas.
Senator Braga highlighted the work of the Ministry of Infrastructure in the state, citing the progress of the works of BR-319, as well as investments in regional aviation. “We hope that, just as we are overcoming the BR-319 issue, we can overcome the issue of regional aviation, airports and the great national shame that is the cost of airline tickets within the Amazon. It is not easy, if it were easy it would have been resolved, but the minister’s political will to resolve encourages us to face the challenges”, said the senator.
General and Regional Aviation entities are looking for more incentives to boost air travel, such as lower fuel taxes and charges, new aircraft financing lines, small business facilities and other actions.
In the southern region, the federal government released around USD 98 million for the construction of the Serra Gaucha regional airport in Caxias do Sul.
“This is the largest infrastructure work agreement signed by the city in the history of Caxias do Sul and all this grandeur will be reflected in numerous advances for the development of the city and 53 other municipalities in the region. We will have tourism incentives, infrastructure improvements and logistics, stimulating investment attraction, income generation and about 2,700 new direct, indirect and induced jobs”, said Caxias do Sul Mayor Daniel Guerra.
The new air terminal will have a passenger arrivals and disembarkation area of 4,700 square meters, with 500 parking spaces. The tarmac will have 26,000 square meters, allowing aircraft in eight positions. The runway will be 1,930 meters long and 45 meters wide. The capacity is for one million passengers per year, five times the current number of Hugo Cantergiani Airport.