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Senate approved open skies agreement between Brazil and Switzerland

 01/05/2021 | Posted by: Newsroom Visit Brazil
Credit: Carlos Roman / Infraero
Credit: Carlos Roman / Infraero

The agreement stipulates that neither country will be able to unilaterally limit the volume of traffic, the frequency, the number of destinations or the regularity of the activities of the other party, except for security reasons.

Another step towards improving air connectivity in Brazil. This week the Legislative Decree Bill was approved by the Federal Senate 634/2019, which ratifies the open skies agreement between Brazil and Switzerland. The initiative adds to other actions already developed by the federal government and which, in the post-pandemic scenario, should contribute to boost the arrival of international tourists in the country, such as exemption from visas for strategic countries and the opening of the Brazilian air market.

The Minister of Tourism, Gilson Machado Neto, estimates that the agreement reinforces the trend of advances in the airline sector. “In 2019, President Bolsonaro opened Brazilian airlines to foreign capital and attracted the interest of several companies in operating in the country. The government also recently auctioned, with great success, 22 airports, another example of the willingness of investors to operate in the country and favor the flow of tourism ”, he points out.

The agreement, signed in Brasilia in 2013 and which is now going to be enacted, seeks to establish a legal framework for the operation of air services and is based on the policy of which two nations relax the rules applied to commercial flights. It determines that neither country may unilaterally limit the volume of traffic, the frequency, the number of destinations or the regularity of the activities of the other party, except for security reasons. According to the text, the airlines of the two nations will be able to fly over the territory of others without landing and making stops with non-commercial purposes and others destined for the loading and unloading of passengers and luggage.

Brazil already has similar pacts with Saudi Arabia, Costa Rica and the United States. The authorities appointed to implement the rules are the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and the Swiss Federal Civil Aviation Office. Each country will designate in writing to the other party the companies indicated to operate the services, which authorization may be revoked in specific situations, such as failures in the airline's regulatory control.

Still under the agreement, nations should not give preference to their own airlines over airlines from the other party. The text also defines that each country may request consultations on the operational safety standards applied by the counterparty in aspects related to aeronautical installations, flight crews, aircraft and their operations, and it is also up to their inspection.

Permissions and openness - The permission for the participation of 100% of foreign capital in Brazilian airlines was sanctioned in June 2019 by President Jair Bolsonaro. The measure, defended by authorities of the Ministry of Tourism, is considered a milestone in the country's civil aviation, as it stimulates competition and eliminates barriers to the entry of new companies into the national market, especially low-cost ones, in English. ).

Air Europa, from Spain, was the first international low cost company incorporated with 100% foreign capital to operate in Brazil. In addition to it, three other companies in the segment have already received authorization from ANAC to operate in the country: the Norwegian Norwegian Air, the Chilean Sky Airline and FlyBondi, from Argentina. The companies will be able to operate on national routes, increasing the number of regional flights and expanding the offer of air services to the consumer.

André Martins

By: Redacao Visit Brazil
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