Brazil Lets Airlines Offer Discounts on International Flights

    American Airlines

    American Airlines The Brazilian government is starting to loosen its grip on international airline tickets including those to the United States and Europe. From now on airlines will be able to charge up to 20% less than the minimum established by the  National Agency of Civil Aviation (ANAC), as announced Wednesday, April 22.

    In July, discounts allowed will reach 50% and in October, 80%. It's expected that in one year ANAC will let the market decide what price to charge, without any restriction.

    The decision goes into force as soon as it is published in the Diário Oficial (Federal Daily Gazette), which should occur this Thursday (April 23). According to the ANAC, the price controls were against the 2005 law that created the agency.

    Today, the minimum price for flights to the United States originating in Brazil is US$ 708. To travel to Germany, France, Italy or the United Kingdom a Brazilian until now could not pay less than US$ 869. Flying to Japan cost at least US$ 2,046.

    Some foreign airlines have immediately decided to reduce their prices, according to the ANAC. Brazilian airline TAM, however, had opposed the measure together with the National Union of Airline Companies (SNEA) trying unsuccessfully to prevent the new rules.

    They argued that this deregulation would jeopardize Brazilian airlines. If it weren't for TAM and the SNEA, the reduced prices would have started in January.

    The hands-off approach began last year with air tickets from Brazil to other South American countries. Since September these flights have no minimum price anymore.

    While the discounts are optional, ANAC says that it's hopeful that companies will lower the prices of their tickets. According to ANAC's director, Marcelo Guaranys, the real reduction of price will depend on the competition between the companies:

    "Where there's more market competition the reduction will be higher. So, we imagine that markets like the United States and some European destinations will have a reduction in the short term."

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    • mococatx

      Finally!
      Finally I may be able to afford to return to Brasil (after 23 years) to see my family/friends there! I can hardly wait! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • vladimir smolyanskiy

      tickets as cheap as $142
      i read an article that its possible for airfares to brazil to drop as low as $142??? is that true? how about airport taxes? is it separate?

    • João da Silva

      [quote]civil disobedience[/quote]

      Not a bad idea. But, who is going to lead it? LHS?

    • DU 48

      civil disobedience
      No more voting- unless there is political reform -now! Transparencia Brasil! (www.)

    • Sad, but true

      It is sad to know that even Gabeira, who fought against dictatorship misused public money. He admitted giving plane tickets he was granted as a Deputy, to relatives. What would Henfil say, Gabeira?

      They want it to rise from 16 thousand to 24, as if 16 was not enough. AND almost everything subsidized, house, cars, airplane tickets, health insurance for life… Those 100 thousand includes office costs, I suppose.

    • DU 48

      Senators and Deputies:Total Income-100 thousand reais a month but income tax is only paid on 16 thousand a month
      This is what is called daylight robbery. Hallo?

    • DU 48

      Ciro Gomes- ‘Ministerio Publico e o caralho! No tenho medo de ninguem.Da imprensa, de deputados.
      ‘F… lying ‘ politicians like to ‘fly ‘ with their clans on public business- mothers, wives brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, inlaws, outlaws-have we left anybody out?

    • João da Silva

      [quote]Brazil’s Congress, Senate and Lula’s government have no interest in putting tax reform, political reform, labor law reform, judiciary reform in force simply because this would end with the good life of the bloodsuckers of Brazil, that’s why their need to control useless things. This way corruption is alive and well-spread, pedophile is not even considered crime in Brazil, murders are released from prison after 1/3 of time spent in jail, public employees are useless and numerous.[/quote]

      It is indeed Sad,but true.

    • Sad but true

      What are the areas your F”*ing Government doesnt control ?

      Answer : CORRUPTION, CRIMES, STREET CHILDREN, SEX WITH MINORS, DEATHS SQUADS, SLAVES LABOR !

      [i]Correct answer[/i]

      What has a government to do with airlines tickets prices for International flights ?

      [i]Nothing unless they are….[/i]

      Afraid of…COMPETITION ??????? [i]Answer: Yes[/i]
      Afraid of…EFFICIENCY ?????? [i]Answer:Yes[i]
      Afraid of…MORE MILES PER $ ????? [i]Answer:Yes[i]
      Afraid of…LAY OFFS due to Unnecessary jobs created ????? [i]Answer:yes[/i]

      Brazil’s Congress, Senate and Lula’s government have no interest in putting tax reform, political reform, labor law reform, judiciary reform in force simply because this would end with the good life of the bloodsuckers of Brazil, that’s why their need to control useless things. This way corruption is alive and well-spread, pedophile is not even considered crime in Brazil, murders are released from prison after 1/3 of time spent in jail, public employees are useless and numerous. I read that until 1995, a senator in Brazil who accomplished 1 day of his mandate would be granted (an for his family) a health insurance for life. SInce then, they have to work at least 6 months (O Estado de SÀƒ£o Paulo today 25.04). That’s the reason why the Government have to control the most useless areas. Like the Garage directory in the Senate, they have to take care of the mercedes-benz congressmen use to go to COngress once a week! Lula promised to make all the reforms 7 years ago, and after all this time not even 1 was made. The public sector is heaven, like said one Brazilian Senator! Patriot bloodsuckers .

    • SImpleton

      Targets
      Thanks VC. Think we may have previously discussed this quite some time ago – Your $1200 typical vs my $800 max over the period you mention. Can’t remember but I think I did like the Continental interior arragements somewhat better than others as my antique violon fit in the overheads vs my having to be separated from it. Last time I tried to book through a Brasil based airline I couldn’t get them to give me the price they offered down there with me booking from this end. Somehow that made alot of Brasillian sense to me.

    • DU 48

      Free fall only- No more wings for the senators and deputies?
      How long will Br airlines last without free trips for politicians underwritten by the public purse?

    • VinnyCarioca

      Simpleton
      $620 round trip (taxes and fees included) directly through the Continental website. I purchased my ticket a month ago….today you can find the same flight for $560 (base price $457 $103 taxes and fees). For the past 5-6 years, I was paying about $1200 for those flights.

    • SImpleton

      Outlet Mall
      VC, what did you pay and by what manner / source did you manage to come about getting that price? Luckily, pairs of flights that would be called originating in the EUA vs Brasil can be had for about the $708 reported for flights (one way) originating in Brazil. That would be with all taxes and fees included round trip vs just the fare.

    • VinnyCarioca

      I have just paid the lowest fare EVER for Continental to GIG…..half of what I usually pay.

      [quote]It’s expected that in one year ANAC will let the market decide what price to charge, without any restriction.[/quote]
      How altruistic of them.

    • João da Silva

      [quote]From now onÀ¢€¦IÀ¢€™m calling him Clinical Hemorrhoids Crisis. [/quote]

      Please feel free to do so, Costa. He needs good buddies like us to cheer him up. 😉

      P.S to Ch.c: [quote]Stupid question to the Stupids brazilians :[/quote]

      We refuse to respond to your question on two counts. 😀

    • …..

      CHC À¢€“ Change of Name
      Hey JoÀƒ£oÀ¢€¦ I think our good friend is having another episode with his ButtÀ¢€¦ButtÀ¢€¦Butt.

      From now onÀ¢€¦IÀ¢€™m calling him [b]C[/b]linical [b]H[/b]emorrhoids [b]C[/b]risis.

      Costinha

      Hehehe

    • João da Silva

      [quote]Brazilian airline TAM, however, had opposed the measure together with the National Union of Airline Companies (SNEA) trying unsuccessfully to prevent the new rules.
      They argued that this deregulation would jeopardize Brazilian airlines.[/quote]

      Do they really want the Brasilian passengers to save their butts by paying higher rates and getting poor service? IMHO, the government needs to deregulate the airline industry further and open the domestic routes also to more competition.

      Those of us who have flown Varig and Transbrasil still have good memories.

    • ch.c.

      Stupid question to the Stupids brazilians :
      What are the areas your F”*ing Government doesnt control ?

      Answer : CORRUPTION, CRIMES, STREET CHILDREN, SEX WITH MINORS, DEATHS SQUADS, SLAVES LABOR !

      What has a government to do with airlines tickets prices for International flights ?
      Afraid of…COMPETITION ???????
      Afraid of…EFFICIENCY ??????
      Afraid of…MORE MILES PER $ ?????
      Afraid of…LAY OFFS due to Unnecessary jobs created ?????

      Amazing these Amazon society !

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