: 31-03-17 13:11

IATA: Air Transport Generates 1.1M Jobs in Brazil, USD 32.9B in GDP

Rio de Janeiro The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced new data showing that aviation and aviation-induced tourism support 1.1 billion jobs and contribute USD 32.9 billion to Brazils GDP, an amount equivalent to 1.4% of the countrys GDP.

These findings are among the highlights of The Importance of Air Transport in Brazil study conducted by Oxford Economics on behalf of IATA.

"We are proud of aviations positive contribution to Brazil and the wealth it generates for the country. Air transport facilitates exports, foreign direct investment and tourism. However, by adopting policies that ensure a more stable and competitive operating environment for the airlines, Brazil could reap much larger dividends from aviation," said Peter Cerda, IATAs Regional Vice President for the Americas, who is in Brazil for the release of the study.

Book less then April 12!
Buy air tickets ONLINE

Infrastructure, Ease of Travel and Cost Competitiveness Are Vital:

  • According to the study, Brazils Infrastructure Quality Score is 4 out of 7, a handicap for the efficient operation of the regions air industry and one that detracts from the passenger experience.
  • Entry visa requirements also weigh on Brazils ability to attract visitors, the countrys Visa Openness Score is just 2 out of 10.
  • Brazils unorthodox fuel policies that artificially increase industry operating costs by USD 560 million annually while restrictive rules covering baggage and airline tickets also weigh on the industrys cost competitiveness.

"With aircraft taking off or landing some two million times a year in Brazil, the air transport industrys value speaks for itself. But removing the artificial barriers that are holding back the industry in Brazil is paramount. Air transport contributes 3% of GDP in Chile, 3% in Ecuador and 2.1% in Colombia; at just 1.4% of GDP in Brazil there is considerable room for improvement," said Cerda.



, , , , I-,