Infraero, the state-run company that manages the Brazilian airports, and Brazil’s largest airline, TAM, are engaged in a blame game to decide who is at fault for the country’s pre-Christmas airport mess, which left thousands stranded in the airports. 

    While TAM says that the main culprit for the problem was Infraero’s communication system, which went down, Infraero denies any responsibility in the incident and says that whatever occurred happened at TAM’s end.

    The ANAC (National Civil Aviation Agency), Brazil’s airport authority, is investigating what caused last week’s collapse. Their agents are auditing TAM and other airlines and are supposed to release their findings by Friday, December 29.

    Brazil’s Defense Minister, Waldir Pires is not waiting for the conclusion though. After a high-level meeting to address the air crisis, today, he hinted that the government intends to punish TAM for the airports chaos.

    Even before ANAC concludes its auditing Pires is already certain that the company overbooked several flights during the Christmas season. "There were serious mistakes. There will be serious penalties," said the minister.

    Pires continues at the helm of Defense despite calls from Congress and the media that he be dismissed by president Lula for sheer incompetence. Pires didn’t spell what kind of punishment for TAM he has in mind.

    Worried that the present chaos in Brazilian airports will keep gringos away for Carnaval, which starts February 17, Brazil’s hotel industry is gearing up its marketing machine to stimulate domestic tourism. They have been encouraging Brazilians to take the bus and forget the planes for now. 

    Alfredo Lopes, the president of ABIH-RJ (Hotels Industry Brazilian Association – Rio de Janeiro) has informed that foreign countries are following what’s happening in Brazil and that tourism operators in France, for example, are  dissuading tourists from traveling to Brazil for Carnaval.

    The vice president of ABIH-RJ, Angelo Vivacqua, says that the air bedlam has already caused the cancellation of 10% of year’s end reservations for Rio’s hotels. Still according to Vivacqua, the city’s hotel sector has already lost about US$ 15 million due to the air crisis.

    For three times since November, serious trouble in the airports has made air travel a painful ordeal in Brazil sometimes involving 12 hours or more of delays when not outright cancellation of flights, lack of information and lost luggage.

    Lopes hopes that despite a drop of about 5%, hotels occupation rate will still be 80%. Rio’s hotels have 27,000 beds available. "We realized the trouble in the airports and started campaigns in Belo Horizonte and São Paulo to encourage national tourism and road transportation. We have contacted travel agents and passed leaflets in shopping malls," he said.

    Considering that Rio’s hotels have an average daily rate of US$ 120, ponders Lopes, even a drop in occupancy for two days during the Réveillon (New Year’s celebrations) may mean a loss of US$ 630,000 to hotel owners.

    Nationwide, the situation isn’t expected to be better. It’s believed that 60% to 70% of tourists travel by plane in Brazil. The Brazilian hotel industry is forecasting losses surpassing US$ 4 million a day. This doesn’t include all other business sectors dependent on tourism.

    Due to the air crisis, the sale of bus tickets has increased 5% this holiday season. 3,160 extra buses were used to meet Christmas traffic. The same should happen again for New Year’s.

    The highway patrol has seen a 40% increase in the number of cars on the roads this holiday season. In previous years the boost in traffic when compared to normal days had been between 20% and 30%.

    All of this will put an extra load into an already taxed highway system. Travellers should pay attention to potholes, which due to rains, multiply this time of the year.

    In Rio, for example, all federal roads are having routine maintenance service to patch holes. This also means that half of the highway is taken by trucks and repairing crews.

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    • I love BO

      to Bo-Shitter
      Haaaaah so the problem is ice, is it??? Boy, you are really smart Bo…. How is that High School diploma coming? Bo, for some reason I keep having this vision of you behind a counter asking thoughtful challenging questions such as “WOULD THAT BE FOR HERE OR TO GO, SIR ?” Go back home Bo, youÀ¢€™ll never make it here!!!

    • RM

      A Chance to do it Right
      No matter how good or bad things are here in the US, the Air Traffic Control System in Brazil is not much control at all. After assigning two aircraft on a collision course, anything else is trivial. Unless new equipment and procedures are put into the system so the air crews and ground controllers can talk to each other reliably anywhere in the system, it is just a matter of time before more accidents like the one in September occur. Brazil has the chance to do it right. I hope very much it will be done. I wish all of you well and safety in the New Year!

      RM

    • bo

      [quote]The US case is pure incompetence…or are you suggesting that this is the first time it snows 24 inches in Colorado…[/quote]

      LOL….what stupidity! Technology? It’s not only snow deputy dog, it’s ICE. And sorry, we americans haven’t yet figured out how to stop making it snow nor control the temperature. Guess those guys in Denver should just do what the folks here in brazil have been doing for decades, knowingly send their passengers into a dangerous situation……moron!

    • just a simple question

      I think Stephen has “Someone” special!
      Stephen for Christ sake take a long distance course and finish that high school once and for all LOL… What does “incomptence and dangerious ” means??? Unless of course you tell me that a Brazilian stole your English dictionary also? laughÀ¢€¦

    • just a simple question

      I think Stephen has “Someone” special!
      “how pathetic
      written by someone, 2006-12-28 00:37:15

      The replies to the articles on this site get more pathetic everyday. The US doesn’t have anything to do with this yet some idiot tries to compare the situation in Brazil with a situation in the US that is occurring in a smaller scale and is affecting a lot less people than the situation in Brazil.

      I don’t know what beef some of you guys have with the US and Americans but you really need to let it go.
      Stephen for Christ sake take a long distance course and finish that high school once and for all LOL… What does “incomptence and dangerious ” means??? Unless of course you tell me that a Brazilian stole your English dictionary also? laughÀ¢€¦

      Re how pathetic
      written by Stephen, 2006-12-28 09:37:56

      Your right on. The problems in the US are weather related, the problems in Brazil are sheer incomptence and dangerious as well”

      My serious question to both of you is
      Does your wives know that you boys are fucking each other?

    • minera girl

      Hey Bo send me your fax and e-mail !!! Just write it on your answer. Thanks
      Love, minera girl.

    • An American

      We can’t have bothways!
      The Brazilian case is directly related to the incompetent pilots and the TCT. The US case is pure incompetence…or are you suggesting that this is the first time it snows 24 inches in Colorado… you don’t see this crap happening in JapanÀ¢€™s airports do you??? Maybe because they have the right technology in place!!! Face it Colorado airport is well under equipped as described by transportation experts and not by a bunch of ignorant morons like the Americans I see in this site, that gives a bad name for the rest of us Americans everywhere. LetÀ¢€™s not even mentioned how deep and rooted in organized crime this situation in the States must have been, for all this crap to happen. So the argument by this stupid Americans À¢€œwannabeÀ¢€Â that writes in this site will probably be that all the workers that rob the luggage are illegal Brazilians in the USA. You guys are way too racist for my taste and should be ashamed of your diluted principles.

    • bo

      minera girl..
      LOL…I flew with Tam, but they had nothing to do with the situation, or so it appeared. My bags were taken by a brazilian customs officer and I was told I could get them at the airline check-in. No reason to lie here mrs. denial. Are you married to A Brazilian? Or maybe you’re his female alter-ego.

      Send me your fax or email, think I still have the police report around.

    • mineira girl

      I never hear some custom officer check your luggage out without you being present. Ok now I will you it, stop making yourself an idiot, idiota!

    • mineira girl

      Oh really? And which is that company that you traveled with? Wait! Let me guess….hmmm, a Brazilian one? I am sure you did not report your diamond worth value and they never refund your losts? So do you think tht after reading the most stupid comment I ever saw in my life, after reading lie after lie, I am supposed to take your word as a truth? Yes, dream a lot with your Hollywood movies! Lol : )

      I personally think that instead of wasting your precious time writing lie after lie you people should do something more useful. Just forget about you idiot!

    • bo

      minera girl..
      [quote]You never hear a single case of luggage stealling from aircompanies[/quote]

      Really? Well, they didn’t steal my luggage, but they stole some of it’s contents on my first ever trip to brazil! At customs in Sao Paulo they took my bag and told me I could get it at the check-in counter at my airline. When I went to check-in my locks had been broken off! And those little plastic ties were put on so I could not open it immediately unless I cut them off, which I didn’t do until I arrived at my destination. Only to discover that jewelry that I had inside had been stolen! Made a report at the local police station, still waiting to hear from them, that was 12 years ago!

    • someone

      Mineira girl, I don’t know why the FBI is getting involved. Frankly, I don’t think it makes much sense either but I’m not personally familiar with what’s happening so I can’t say for sure.

      Lula is quite an idiot for stating that overbooking is what’s causing all this trouble. The fact is that overbooking is practiced often by airlines so that in case some passengers don’t show up, they can still turn a profit. That has nothing to do with the air traffic control system however. I’d prefer the ATC system be transferred over from the military to civillian workes like here in the US. The Brazilian ATC system definitely needs an overhall.

    • ch.c.

      Yeahhhhh…..a new explanation !!!!!!
      Your air traffic problems are no longer due to
      – overbooking as Lula said
      – TAM planes maintenances !!!!!

      But now it looks like a “communication” problem between Infraero and TAM !!!!!

      Therefore cheating, lying and hiding was again the norm !!!!!

      But afterall Infraero…is a state run company, just like those ATCs in the plane crash, that explains why originally all those reponsible were : OTHERS….AS USUAL !!!!!!

      Who bet that Infraero workers will very shortly also say the stress under which they work due to SHORTAGE OF WORKERS, THEIR LOW SALARIES and they will also play the work- to-rule as the ATCs are doing ????????
      They may as well go on strike…..putting then 100 % of the planes…on the ground !!!!

      Quite laughable…when the real problems are revealed….FINALLY !!!!!!!!!!

    • Julissa

      mulher
      Oi gente

      Eu estou procurando toda a informaÀƒ§Àƒ£o durante os meses fevereiro de 1, atÀƒ© o 20o entre BaÀƒ­a e Rio em que eu estarei. Qualquer coisa da carcaÀƒ§a affordable, aos lugares vegetarian do alimento, e os aquaintances de confianÀƒ§a, ou os amigos, ou recomendam escolas.

    • mineira girl

      Hey, “someone”, you are at hand since mrs. davey jones doesn’t return to answer the questions (what a sisi haha). Do you people need the Stallone fbi squad to handle this problem of lost luggage threw in dumps ? Are they (FBI) preventing the luggage from being looted? Are lost luggage looted in the US to mrs. davey jones affirm that so proactively in the case of Brazil?

    • someone

      Mineira girl, I understand and do agree that the airline employees in Brazil are hard workers that are just having a hard time keeping up. However, like Stephen stated, the luggage issues in the US are mostly due to weather related problems, unlike the situation in Brazil.

      There is still no need for every article that the author says some hard truth about Brazil, for some of the Brazilians to start bashing the US. The US has its problems too, but in a smaller scale than in Brazil. So to the Brazilians who are always bashing the US, stop blaming them for things that your own government is doing.

    • mineira girl

      Is it really necessary pay fbi to help order the misplaced bags?

      Hm, JoÀƒ£o FeijÀƒ£o and Paulo Pinga, what kind of names are that I wonder. You should show more respect for the people who works to make you feel comfortable roll eyes. They, work hard and are reliable aircompany employees. You never hear a single case of luggage stealling from aircompanies. What is you problem? Any idea?

    • Romualdo

      Delays in the U.S.A.
      I work at Philadelphia Airport and delays are an everyday ocurrence just in my one terminal (out of seven) Most delays are due to weather across the country. Lets not forget outright cancellations because the airline neeeds the plane somewhere else or it pulled a maintenance on the tarmac.Americans are used to this even though they might not be happy about it. U.S. Airliner’s also overbook and this is standard practice becuase not everyone shows up for the flight, but at times they do and this is when the company puts you with another airline (except Southwest Airlines) The recent delays in Brazil are due to imcompetance. I love Brazil and have traveled their by air and bus extensivly with my Brazilian wife. I actually work for the Federal U.S. Goverment in Security at Philadelphia Airport and for passengers to “breach” into the tarmac to block a plane is unthinkable. What a disastor. These “breach’s have happened many times because of the delays.

    • davey jones

      actually yes
      —– Now the FBI is handling the case

      I would tend to agree with you mineira girl, although you were attempting sarcasm. For the FBI to get involved in a simple case like misplaced luggage after a winter storm shows how far the government goes at getting things right. In Brazil, everything would be left to JoÀƒ£o FiejÀƒ£o and his companeiro Paulo Pinga and you could bet that the goods found in the lost luggage would be on sale on the streets of Copa under the watchful eyes of the miltary police the next day.

    • mineira girl

      “We had bags that came without passengers, and passengers that came without bags,” Frontier spokesman Joe Hodas said.
      Neither United nor Frontier could say how many bags were left.

      Now the FBI is handling the case

      ======

      Wow, that’s what I call first world competence.

    • Stephen

      Re how pathetic
      Your right on. The problems in the US are weather related, the problems in Brazil are sheer incomptence and dangerious as well.

    • someone

      how pathetic
      The replies to the articles on this site get more pathetic everyday. The US doesn’t have anything to do with this yet some idiot tries to compare the situation in Brazil with a situation in the US that is occurring in a smaller scale and is affecting a lot less people than the situation in Brazil.

      I don’t know what beef some of you guys have with the US and Americans but you really need to let it go.

    • guest

      Lost Luggage…Part 2
      Some lost luggage has been found, but certainly not where the owners would have expected.
      Dozens of bags were dumped in a dumpster near Houston. The luggage came from several different airlines, including Continental, Lufthansa, British and U.S. airways.
      Now the FBI is handling the case.
      All of the bags have luggage tags, even priority-handling tags. Pet store workers say some were cracked open and rifled through; others were not.
      “No, there’s one up there, the one we could reach, it’s got suits in it,” said Anthony Sander, who discovered the luggage. “Doesn’t even look like it had even been gone through at all. Everything was perfectly folded.”
      One of the bags belongs to a Mexico City woman. She said she lost a computer and a camcorder. But what’s interesting is that her bag wasn’t even supposed to arrive in Houston. She started in Portland. She had a layover in Las Vegas and Phoenix. She was never even supposed to come to Houston and neither were her bags.
      This news is not comforting to holiday travelers.
      “I have all my Christmas presents in there,” said Elaine Mogabgab.
      Mogabgab’s bag was lost on her flight. Now she’s afraid it’s in a dumpster somewhere.
      “I would think it’s in Hawaii somewhere,” Mogabgab said. “I wouldn’t think it’s in a dumpster. I don’t know how they’d get away with that.”
      “Because I have, like I said, a lot of expensive stuff in there, so if it got shipped somewhere in a dumpster, I’d lose my mind,” said traveler Chris Johnson.
      Now Continental has all of the stolen bags, and headquarters is saying it’s now checking planes and contacting travelers trying to reunite them with whatever is left in their wayward luggage.

    • guest

      Lost Luggage….Part 1
      DENVER – The stranded travelers were gone from Denver International Airport by Tuesday, but the stranded suitcases were not.
      The airport’s two biggest carriers, United and Frontier, said they had cleared out the backlog of travelers stuck at the terminal when a blizzard closed runways for 45 hours and marooned about 4,700 people at the airport Wednesday night.
      But piles misdirected luggage remained Tuesday, lost in the rush to get passengers through the snowbound airport.
      “We had bags that came without passengers, and passengers that came without bags,” Frontier spokesman Joe Hodas said.
      Neither United nor Frontier could say how many bags were left.

    • bo

      [quote]Infraero, the state-run company that manages the Brazilian airports, and Brazil’s largest airline, TAM, are engaged in a blame game to decide who is at fault for the country’s pre-Christmas airport mess, which left thousands stranded in the airports. [/quote]

      How surprising!!! You mean to tell me that NO ONE is wanting to take responsibility????!!!! How “un-brazilian-like”!! 😉

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