Brazil: One of every ten flights delayed over 30 minutes in 2009

Approximately one out of ten flights that took off from airports in Brazil in 2009 was delayed over 30 minutes (limit considered acceptable by the Brazilian Airport Infrastructure – Infraero). Despite the still high average of 11%, the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) said the airline industry in the country increased its efficiency, whereas in 2008 the percentage was 17.5% and in 2007, 28.6 %. Moreover, according to ANAC projection based on data from Infraero by the end of November, more than 126 million departures and landings must have been made in 2009, a number well above the 113.3 million recorded in 2008 and 110 6 million in 2007. Only until the beginning of December last year had already been made 115 million arrivals and departures. According to the director president of ANAC, Solange Vieira, increased efficiency is due to several actions taken during the year. “Increased competition, since the largest number of companies and airports available, led to an improvement in service. The Aeroporto Santos Dumont (RJ) had a significant effect on this process, including releasing the Galleon for new flights. Moreover, ANAC taken steps to distribute the flights outside of peak hours and tailor the operational capacity of Guarulhos (SP), “he said in a statement. According to ANAC, passengers better informed about their rights and obligations also contributed to the normal at airports. Among the largest airlines operating in the country, the monthly average of flights delayed more than 30 minutes in 2009 was: Webjet (13.1%), Gol / Varig (10.1%), TAM (10%), Ocean Air (8.3%) and Blue (8.1%). Danilo M Agency Brazil BrasiliaForwarded to IFTTA by Ronaldo Armondbody {font-size: 12pt; font-family: “tahoma”; } v:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);}

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