Aug 14, 2020
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the prolonged quarantine period in several parts of the world, several airlines have cut international flights to Brazil and there are travel restrictions imposed by several countries. In Brazil, the entry of foreigners to Brazilian airports was banned at the end of March, still at the beginning of the pandemic, with the borders only opening for foreigners on 29 July.
For Brazilians who are out of the country and trying to return, few international routes are still active. Itamaraty said in a statement that it is seeking all options to repatriate nationals resident in Brazil who have encountered problems with their return flights to the country.
In the first week of August, the tourism sector signaled better days with the return of international flights and the slow but positive return of activities. With operations suspended since the beginning of the pandemic, six international airlines have resumed flights in Brazil in August: American Airlines, British Airways, Copa Airlines, Delta, Emirates and United.
Among Brazilian airlines with international flights, Gol announced a return to operations in September. Latam Brasil resumed its operations, from São Paulo, to Frankfurt (Germany), Lisbon (Portugal), London (United Kingdom), Madrid (Spain), Miami (United States) and Santiago (Chile), and Azul operates from Viracopos airport, in Campinas / SP, to Fort Lauderdale / United States (three times a week) and to Lisbon (twice a week).
American Airlines returned since August 6 with the route from Miami to São Paulo. The routes from Miami to Rio de Janeiro; from New York to São Paulo; and from Dallas to São Paulo may return from December. Flights between New York and Rio de Janeiro will resume in the Brazilian summer of 2021. The company decided to definitively end its operations between Los Angeles and São Paulo, in addition to the route between Miami and Brasília.
Delta Airlines resumed the route between Atlanta and São Paulo from August 3 and from New York to São Paulo from September 30. The reservation system does not indicate the resumption of the route between Atlanta and Rio de Janeiro.
United continues to fly daily between Houston and São Paulo. The following routes resume in August with daily flights: from Houston to Rio de Janeiro (since August 3rd) and from New York (Newark) to São Paulo (since August 5th). On October 24, it is time for the following routes to be included in the company’s network with daily flights: from Chicago and Washington to São Paulo.
According to data from the National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac), the demand for international travel fell by 95.4% in June, compared to the same month last year. The offer fell by 89.3% in the annual comparison, with the use of airplanes of 36.8%, a decrease of 49 percentage points. In total, 66,348 passengers were transported, a reduction of 96.5%.