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LatinNews Daily - 20 November 2020

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In brief: Brazil’s aviation activity set to pick up in December

* Brazil’s civil aviation secretary, Ronei Glanzmann, has said that the domestic aviation sector is expected to operate this December at 80% of the capacity registered during the same month last year, before the onset of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. During the peak of the social isolation measures adopted to contain the spread of Covid-19, airlines reportedly reduced their activity by 93% in Brazil, with the daily average number of flights falling from 2,500 to just 200. Glanzmann projects that the arrival of the summer high season will stimulate travel within Brazil, while sub-regional travel to and from other Latin American countries is expected to start picking up as well. Airlines are expected to be operating international flights at 45% of last year’s capacity in December. “On the international market, the recovery is slower because we depend on other markets and need [them] to open,” Glanzmann explained. Speaking at the same infrastructure seminar, the Brazil head of the International Air Travel Association (Iata), Dany Oliveira, said that Iata expects Brazil’s aviation sector to return to pre-pandemic levels in March or April next year for domestic flights, but not until 2022 for international travel.