Air Europa president wants to create airline in Brazil


Juan José Hidalgo, president from Globalia and gift from Air Europa, met with the Minister of Tourism of Brazil, Gilson Machado Neto, to negotiate government support for the creation of a new low cost airline in that country.

The Brazilian press says that this was another meeting in a long ‘dating’ that has been taking place since this 2019, and which aims to operate flights within Brazil.

With the economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Air Europa’s plans were ‘water bathed’, as well as contacts with the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (Anac). But the executive's meeting with representatives of the Brazilian government last week, in Punta Cana, na República Dominicana, gave new impetus to the idea.

According to the president of the Global, there is no other country in Latin America with more strength to attract foreign tourists like Brazil and, if supported by the government, the group will work to have operations for a new airline for the Brazilian domestic market. If they can help us to create a low cost company, I will have a new strong airline in Brazil, afirmou.

Another point defended by the executive was the promotion of local destinations not only in Spain, but across Europe. And this position was reiterated by Carlos Brito, president of the Brazilian Agency for International Tourism Promotion (Embratur): TWe are sure that partnerships with other countries will make us even more prepared, stated during the meeting.

If the deal is actually closed, the payment by the company (com 66 planes in the fleet and 12 milhões de passageiros em 2019) will be carried out only in 2026, after the group led by Juan José Hidalgo repays the current loans.

– If they can help us to create a low cost company, I will have a new strong airline in Brazil afirmou.

To Globalia, owner of Air Europa until its sale to the IAG takes place, was the first foreign company to express interest in opening an airline in Brazil in May 2019. No entanto, the plan did not move forward due to a financial crisis, negotiation with the IAG and the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

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