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Brazil Senate commission says airport infrastructure insufficient to support growth

6-Sep-2013 9:43 AM

Brazil's Senate Infrastructure Services Commission stated (05-Sep-2013) the lack of infrastructure to support the growth in civil aviation in Brazil is the main problem in the industry. ANAC's "rigid laws" and inadequate staffing numbers at the regulator were also seen as problematic. On the growth of the sector, ANAC airworthiness director Cláudio Passos Simão said passenger air transport has grown 12% p/a over the past decade, and Brazilian Association of General Aviation director general Ricardo Nogueira noted the growth in fleets from 2011-2012 was 6.7%, nearly double the world average of 3-3.5%. Mr Simão acknowledged the staffing issues, noting ANAC has 1100 employees when it should have 1700. [more - original PR - Portuguese]