The airline industry still suffers from the effects of the pandemic and is looking for ways out of the crisis – Prime Time Zone

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It is the third consecutive month of reduction, after a timid recovery that had been taking place gradually since May 2020

ROBERTO CASIMIRO / FOTOARENA / ESTADÃO CONTENT – 11/04/2021 The domestic network has shrunk 36.8% so far

O aviation sector remains slow to resume. According to data from the Brazilian Association of Airline Companies, the domestic network has shrunk, so far, in April, by 36.8%. The national airlines register an average of 882 daily departures, a number very close to what was seen in September last year, with 864 departures per day. This index is equivalent to 36% of the regular offer. It is the third consecutive month of reduction, after a timid recovery that had been taking place gradually since May 2020. The professor of Tourism at the University of São Paulo (USP), Mariana Aldrigui explains that the area continues to be affected in relation to both leisure and business travel. “The tourism sector is extremely shaken by the pandemic, especially the airline sector because of the concern of many people to travel to destinations that may eventually be closed and then find it difficult to return. But there is also a question of total cancellation of business trips. They were replaced by virtual meetings and companies that are going through financial crises also cut this budget and will not put their employees at risk ”, analyzes Mariana.

The agents involved in this activity are still adjusting to the new times. High dollar, expensive fuel and high tax burden are just some of the factors that strongly impact airline operations. Even with all the difficulty, there are those who risk entering a market where every day the profit is scarce. In the midst of a judicial reorganization process and in the period of the greatest crisis in the history of aviation, the Itapemirim group, of road transport, started a series of technical flights in order to operate an airline. Aviation analyst Cláudio Magnavita says the moment may be one of opportunity. “It is a moment of risk, but it is also a moment of opportunity, since you have equations for fleet ease, ease of crew, market being readjusted with shrinking competition that no other phase in history has had. Nor has there been a moment of airport privatization as it has now, with high premiums betting that the market itself has faith in the resumption, ”says Magnavita. The fact is that everyone can’t wait to be able to fly back with peace of mind, and fill airports as in the days before the pandemic.

* With information from reporter Daniel Lian