Brazilian airports were operating with flight delay and cancellation rates well below international levels at the beginning of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, according to information provided by aviation sector authorities. In a press conference at the João Saldanha Open Media Centre (OMC) in Rio de Janeiro, the Minister of the Civil Aviation Secretariat (SAC), Moreira Franco, highlighted the satisfactory performance achieved by the sector.
From noon on Saturday, 14 June until noon on Sunday, 15 June, delayed flight rates in the Brazilian airports stood at 4.2 percent. The number of cancellations was 8.2 percent, with no problems caused to passengers, according to Minister Franco. He said that this result is highly positive. According to the Director-President of the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), Marcelo Guaranys, at peak moments the typical flight delay rate in airports varies from 10 percent to 15 percent, with cancellations between 5 percent and 10 percent.
“The positive results in airport operations are the fruit of appropriate planning by ANAC,” said Moreira Franco.
Marcelo Guaranys explained that planning processes were conducted in such a way as to avoid flights surpassing the capacity of the 16 airports of the host cities. The Agency’s special operations plan, with more than 1,000 airport employees throughout the country, started to be implemented on 5 June and will continue until 25 July. ANAC has documented 25 infractions affecting the rights of passengers, and only 11 notices of violation concerning technical matters.
From 2011 to 2014, Brazil invested R$ 11.3 billion in airports serving capital cities, including airports managed by Infraero and through concessions, as disclosed today by the SAC. Minister Franco also reported that new apron areas total 1.4 million square meters, representing a 37 percent increase against figures from early 2011: the equivalent of 167 Maracanã football fields. “Over 270 new apron areas were created, all of them for commercial aircraft,” explained the Minister.
In these three and a half years, the number of passengers per year in the country’s main airports has increased by 70 million. This increase in passengers travelling through the airports reached 285 million, according to ANAC figures. Taking into account only the airports managed through concessions, the annual passenger capacity grew 57 percent up until June 2014. The service capacity of airports will grow by 76 percent by the end of the year.