The vice-governor of Espírito Santo, Ricardo Ferraço (MDB), announced that the federal government will publish, still in this Wednesday (08), an ordinance revoking “any and all restrictions” on air movement between Vitória Airport and Santos Dumont Airport, in Rio de Janeiro.
In practical terms, the vice-governor’s announcement deals with the return of direct flights leaving from Espírito Santo to the capital of Rio de Janeiro.
The restriction on flights to Santos Dumont was taken on October 1st by decision of the National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac). With this measure, most of the itinerary was transferred to Rio’s largest airport, Tom Jobim, known as Galeão.
In the video in which he communicates the news to the people of Espírito Santo, Ferraço says he received a call from the Minister of Ports and Airports himself, Silvio Costa Filho, informing him of the publication of the ordinance. See the video below:
Decision after extensive debate
Through a note sent to the press this Wednesday, the Ministry of Ports and Airports reported that the revocation of the device that restricted the arrival and departure of flights at Santos Dumont took place after a broad debate involving institutions and federative entities. See the note in full:
“After a broad debate involving the city hall and the government of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Infraero, the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), the Federal Audit Court (TCU), airlines, concessionaires and other states and municipalities, the Ministry of Ports and Airports decides to revoke the resolution of the National Civil Aviation Council (Conac) that limited operations at Santos Dumont to flights arriving and departing within a radius of 400 kilometers. The decision to revoke was based on technical criteria with the aim of strengthen Brazilian aviation.
Santos Dumont airport will now operate without destination restrictions, but with a limit of 6.5 million passengers per year to guarantee the best level of service to the population in accordance with the airport’s operational capacity. This measure will come into force from January 2024. The Ministry will continue working towards the development of Brazilian civil aviation, seeking to expand regional and international operations.”