Number of flights and passengers increases in Brazil
The indices have been growing since the beginning of the resumption of the sector, which comes with great expectations for the high season
After a few months registering low rates of flights and passengers, the airline sector continues to recover and help to resume tourism in the country. Data from the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) show that since the beginning of the pandemic -April- until November of last year, the number of passengers circulating at airports increased more than 11 times, from 838.4 thousand and they go to 9.83 million. The index was also growing in relation to the number of flights. According to the agency, there were 85,200 landings and takeoffs against 11,800 in the same period.
An example of frank recovery can be seen at the Recife Guararapes - Gilberto Freyre International Airport. According to the company responsible for the operation of the airport, the number of passengers went from 63,506 to 859,913, an increase of 1,200%. For December, the forecast is a growth of 12% compared to the previous month.
For the Minister of Tourism, Gilson Machado Neto, Pasta has taken important measures for a responsible resumption of tourists throughout the country without neglecting the economic importance of the sector. "We have been working tirelessly so that the return of tourists and workers is safe through the Responsible Tourism Seal, and the airline industry is one of our priorities," he said.
A survey carried out by the Ministry of Tourism generated the expectation of more than 4.3 million people flying throughout the country during the end of the year festivities. Among the most sought after destinations, six were in the Northeast: Fortaleza (CE), Salvador (BA), João Pessoa (PB), Natal (RN), Maceió (AL) and Recife (PE). The capital of Pernambuco, in fact, registered a 12% increase in passenger volume in the period. Another airport that has registered good rates is Belo Horizonte. The terminal expects a 15% growth in the number of passengers and flights in January.
The Ministry of Tourism recommends a series of measures to travel safely. Through the “Responsible Tourism” seal, an initiative that establishes good biosecurity practices for 15 activities in the sector. The initiative establishes specific protocols for the prevention of Covid-19 and seeks to help in the safe resumption of activities in the sector for both tourists and workers. The seal is available for lodging, theme parks, restaurants, cafes, bars, convention centers, fairs, exhibitions, tourist guides, among others and can be obtained quickly and safely through the website.
In November last year, the Ministry of Tourism launched the Resumption of Tourism movement. It is a national alliance to accelerate the resumption of the sector in a responsible and safe way, which brings together 32 institutions of the public power, private initiative, third sector and Sistema S, coordinated by the Ministry of Tourism.
The objective is to reduce the negative effects caused in the sector, by the Covid-19 pandemic. To this end, a series of actions and programs are being developed, ranging from strengthening the granting of lines of credit to capitalize companies in the sector and preserve employment, to works to improve the infrastructure of tourist destinations.