Panel SA: After chaos in Congonhas, Infraero promises study on the operation of jets at the airport

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After the chaos caused in Congonhas on Sunday (9) because of a private jet, Infraero met this Friday (14) with representatives of airlines to deal with operations at the airport.

The incident, which triggered the cancellation of hundreds of flights and an estimated loss of R$ 15 million for the companies that currently operate in the terminal, raised a discussion about the presence of general aviation in Congonhas, a category that covers non-scheduled flights, of aircraft such as helicopters and private planes.

In addition to Abear (which represents Latam, Gol and Voepass) and other executives from major commercial airlines, Abag, the general aviation association, also participated in the meeting. Abear defends the restriction of small planes on the main runway at peak times to avoid inconveniences such as Sunday for commercial aviation passengers.

Infraero says it will carry out studies on the sharing of the airport’s main and auxiliary runways and the distribution of slots (landing and take-off times).

A collaborative crisis committee will be created to improve service for incidents at the airport.

Organizations such as Decea (Department of Airspace Control), Cenipa (Center for Investigation and Prevention of Aeronautical Accidents), Anac (National Civil Aviation Agency) and others also participated in the meeting.

There is an assessment in the sector that the presence of general aviation could be reduced in Congonhas. Air taxi services and private aircraft, such as the jet that crashed the airport, took only 1% of passengers that passed through this year until August, but they represent 24% of flights there.

Joana Cunha with Paulo Ricardo Martins and Diego Felix

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