As other countries witnessed their general aviation sectors shrink during the economic downturn, Brazil’s has thrived. According to top Brazilian domestic aviation experts, the industry is expected to grow by 9.5% this year. This follows a 7.14% increase year over year in 2012 and a 6.4% increase in 2011. This growth has come from all sectors of the general aviation industry, but especially from business aviation, according to Dorieldo Luis dos Prazeres, an air-control expert at the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency. Brazil has the world’s sixth largest economy and the second largest general aviation fleet behind only the United States. Late last year, Brazil hosted the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (“LABACE”) in San Paulo, an event that organizers said was the second largest general aviation show in the world after the one in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The country is home to close to 1,700 corporate aircraft, a number which is expected to rise as Brazil’s economy continues to flourish. Brazil is also home to Embraer, the world’s third largest commercial aircraft manufacturer, behind Boeing and AirBus. Embraer began manufacturing business aircraft in 2002 and has several available models.
Couple this extraordinary growth with Brazil’s playing host to two major international events in the next three years, the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, and you see an enormous need for aviation infrastructure to move people and cargo. To meet this need, last month, Brazil’s government unveiled an ambitious plan to build eight new mega-airports and 800 new regional airports. According to President Dilma Rouseff, any city with a population close to 100,000 people should have an accessible airport within 60 kilometers. In doing so, the Government clarified its goals to boost the general aviation industry, especially the existence of small- to medium-sized airplanes and private aircraft ownership.
The Brazilian general aviation market could present industry participants with numerous business opportunities over the next several years in a variety of areas. As this issue progresses, please check back to this blog for future posts.