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Air traffic control still causing disruption in Brazil


Recent radar outages at Sao Paulo Congohas Airport, the busiest in Brazil and South America, resulting in the cancellation of more than 50 flights and delays to 20 others, have highlighted the fragile nature of the nation’s air traffic control (ATC) sector, and the underinvestment in Brazilian aviation as a whole. Caused by power blackouts, and the failure of backup systems, the failure follows the blackouts that affected the country in 2006. [1926 words]

Unlock the following content in this report:


  • Enter Azul
  • Chaos and change: the Brazilian air traffic system
  • Reform still more a promise than a reality
  • Controller shortages persist
  • Further work to go: Febracta, IATA and IFALPA providing voices of concern

Graphs and data:

  • Brazilian aircraft movements: Jun-05 to Jul-08
  • Brazilian passenger growth: Jan-06 to Jul-08
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