The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, offered this Thursday the hangars of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) for airlines to keep the planes that are not operating due to the COVID-19 pandemic and thus avoid having to pay for the parking service at airports.
In his weekly Facebook broadcast, Bolsonaro relayed the message of Lieutenant Brigadier Antonio Carlos Moretti Bermúdez, FAB commander, for the country’s airlines, such as Latam, Gol and Azul, to “use the yards of the military bases” and ” stop paying for aircraft parking. ”
“With this measure we have an economy forecast of 18 million reais (about 3.6 million dollars), which greatly helps companies that are already having difficulties with 90% of their flights canceled. Aviation is on the decline and the Government is offering their patios at zero cost, “said the head of state.
The Brazilian airline sector has been hard hit by the new coronavirus pandemic and both Azul and Latam, like Gol, individually negotiate the concession of a line of credit with the Brazilian government to avoid bankruptcy in the face of the collapse of demand.
Before the COVID-19 crisis, which has Brazil with almost 62,000 deaths and 1.5 million confirmed cases, Azul and Latam Brasil flew to a total of 137 destinations in the country, with 298 routes and 1,632 daily departures, but With the arrival of the pandemic, local domestic traffic has fallen by around 90%.
“If an airline company goes bankrupt, we will have unemployed pilots and flight attendants, the country’s logistics will have problems and it is very likely that it will break everything,” said the far-right leader.
Bolsonaro also referred to the possibility that the Government is studying so that the ethanol from sugar cane is sold directly from the production plants for the fuel stations, without having to go through intermediaries and thereby reduce the cost for the final consumer.