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Brazilian government looks to expand regional aviation

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The minister to the Brazilian Secretariat of Civil Aviation, Eliseu Padilha, said the Regional Aviation Program will democratize access to air transport and cut down inland travel costs.

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The program should see R$ 7.3 billion invested in adapting and increasing the number of regional airports available for regular flights in the country to 270. Presently, approximately 80 airports operate with regular aviation in Brazil, according to the Secretariat.

The federal government will award subsidies to airlines in a bid to encourage regional aviation.

“The program says we will subsidize 50% of seats for airlines. The government pays 50%, and this way we can make sure that there will be flights and there will be passengers. Once people are certain that there are flights, they grow into the habit of travelling by plane and it gradually becomes their routine.

"We are succeeding in democratizing air travel, the cost of air travel, and thus enabling access to all Brazilian citizens,” the minister explained. According to Padilha, the first tenders should be in the second half of this year.

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