Air companies must present a plan to the federal government within 10 days to reduce ticket prices. The information was given by the Minister of Ports and Airports, Silvio Costa Filhowho met with airline representatives this Tuesday (14), in Brasília.
For the minister, the prices are abusive and harm Brazilians. “We know that the increase in fares is a global issue. In Europe and the United States, we saw an increase in airfares. What we cannot accept and allow are abusive increases that have harmed the Brazilian population”, stated Costa Filho.
He reported that he is talking to the companies and looking for alternatives. “In some cases, it’s true, we buy tickets for R$200, R$300, R$400, on some routes. But, there are others that went from R$1,500 to R$3,500, R$4,000, which are unjustifiable”, he pointed out.
The minister also argued that the price of aviation kerosene dropped by around 14% this yearbut also highlighted that the airline sector was one of the most impacted by the pandemic, due to social isolation measures.
Increase in ticket prices
The aerial passages rose 23.70% in October, according to inflation measured by the Broad Consumer Price Index (IPCA). In September, tickets had already become 13.47% more expensive.
A Brazilian Association of Airlines (Abear) said he was available to talk to the federal government and encourage the creation of public policies that would contribute to the increase in the number of people traveling by plane.
“It is important to highlight that Abear members have joined the Voa Brasil Program and are in line with the government’s objective of expanding the offer of airline tickets at competitive prices. Abear shares information with the Ministry of Ports and Airports about the airline sector scenario and the need to address airline costs. The drop in the price of aviation fuel (QAV), the reduction of judicialization in the sector, the reduction of taxes and the stimulation of competition are essential to further democratize access to air transport”, says the note.