Brazil 2011 - Gray Skies Ahead
SCALA 2010 symposium and exhibition was a success, the focused event is not large but received about 4,000 visitors, according to organizers 28% more than last year . Authorities such as Mauro Arce, São Paulo Transport State Secretary, took part in the opening panel. Speeches covered subjects very relevant to the sector of foreign trade and logistics for the state and for the country. Scala 2010 made Campinas the center of attentions last week.
Infrastructure investment - an unavoidable topic during and after the panels
When is the industrial airport of Campinas going to be a reality? Where are the investments? A new model for Viracopos needs and is being thought of. "It's not us (the government) who do not want the industrial airport, the answer came from the market," said the superintendent of Infraero government company, Mr. Ednaldo Pinheiro Santos. "We need an autochthonous regional solutions " he added. An alternative solution should be presented in the first half of 2011.
The fact according to keynote speaker Capt. Miguel Dau - Azul Brazilian Airlines Chief Operating Officer - is that there will be a blackout in 2011 unless the government immediately invest in infrastructure. Capt. Dau was clear (see the video) President Dilma have to do what needs to be done, invest in infrastructure.
Azul will nearly double its fleet in 2011, the demand is already too big and they are investing to cope with Capt. Dau shared with us. Newly elected President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff has to think about this quickly. Besides all the demands of a fast growing economy two very important events are on their way: the World Soccer Cup and the Olympic games.
All of this is nothing new to Brazilians. On Oct. 27 2006, the Brasilia city Air Traffic Controllers workers, reacting to heightened traffic levels overtaxing the system, implemented a "standard operation" or work-to-rule order, following security norms for the sector in the minutest detail. This caused delays as they monitored as many as 14 aircraft simultaneously, imposing longer intervals between landings and take-offs. We were in the meddle of our first airports blackout. (more)
Now, Brazilians look to the next government to really put an end to this ghost: will I arrive safe from my next flight? Well, Capt. Miguel Dau let it clear we will soon get to know, check the video interview embeded for yourself.