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Panel SA: Entrepreneurs from RJ want to speed up joint concession of airports


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A survey by Fecomercio-RJ, based on data from Anac, shows that international arrivals at Tom Jobim Airport, Galeão, increased by 543% between January and September this year, compared to the same period in 2021. 121,386 to 781,480, which expresses the rapid resumption of tourism and encourages the trade and services sector.

Despite being the leader, Cumbica Airport, in Guarulhos, had a less intense recovery. In the first nine months of this year, there were 3.45 million passengers arriving in Brazil through there, an increase of 312%. The São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro terminals are, respectively, the ones that receive the most passengers from abroad, concentrating 81% of the total flow to the country (5.04 million between January and September).

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In Galeão, the perspective is of more movement. The company Jet Smart, which operates with low-cost flights in South America, starts flights from the airport to Buenos Aires and Santiago in December. As its holding company has companies operating in the United States and Europe, these airlines are expected to open new routes and destinations in the near future.

GOL announced an expansion of approximately 40% in the offer of flights in the high season that starts on December 15, with flights to Brazilian capitals and tourist cities departing from Galeão
The president of Fecomércio RJ, Antonio Florencio de Queiroz Junior, says that the numbers express the potential of Galeão, even with the setback of the last concession.

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“This shows that if the new government speeds up the new concession, putting Santos Dumont and Galeão together to have a better flight interaction, Rio has everything to take off in terms of number of flights and in the tourism hub”, he says.

Singapore’s Changi Airport company, which won the auction and operated the airport, decided to return it to the government, citing poor performance of the Brazilian economy from 2014 onwards, which worsened with the pandemic. As a result, a new bid will be required.

Julio Wiziack (interim) with Paulo Ricardo Martins and Diego Felix

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