January 03, 22 - 12:36 pm - LABS

Number of flights to return to pre-pandemic levels between March and April, say Brazilian airlines

In December, Brazillian airlines registered an average of 2,036 daily departures – 85.3% of the domestic network operating in early March 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic. ABEAR, the association that gathers the airlines in the country, said that the normality of the air operation should be verified in March or April 2022.

“These data show the resilience of Brazilian airlines, despite the difficulties generated by the pandemic and the rise in aviation kerosene and the constant dollar rate records against the real, as more than 50% of the sector’s costs are dollarized”, said the president of ABEAR, Eduardo Sanovicz, in a post published on the institution’s website.

The progress of the vaccination program in the country is an essential driver of this projection. So far, 77.8% of the Brazilian population has taken one dose of the vaccine against COVID-19, and 67.2%, two doses.

In the international market, airlines reached 41.1% of their flight capacity, compared to the pre-pandemic period. In this case, emphasized Sanovicz, full recovery should be achieved by the end of 2023.