Senate Authorizes Foreign Airlines to Operate Domestic Flights in Brazil

The new rules could soon boost competition in Brazil's increasingly concentrated airline market. Spanish-based Air Europa's request to operate domestic flights in Brazil has been approved by the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC).

By Newsfeed/Reuters

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil's Senate on Wednesday passed legislation allowing foreign-controlled airlines to operate domestic flights, opening up Latin America's largest air travel market after years of debate.

The measure passed in Brazil's Senate on Wednesday following approval by the lower chamber on Tuesday.

Congress included a provision barring airlines from charging passengers for their first checked bag; however, the airline industry is asking President Bolsonaro to veto that clause before the bill becomes law.

The new rules could soon boost competition in Brazil's increasingly concentrated airline market.

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