Brazil plans to cap World Cup airfares

2014-01-23 14:40

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Rio De Janeiro – Brazil airline, Avianca, announced that plans to second Azul Airline’s decision to cap prices for the upcoming soccer World Cup, as well as to limit one-way fares to a maximum of 999 Reals (about R4 600.22 / $ 2361.24) - (1 USD = 2.36 Real; 1 Rand = 0.22 Real) .

Brazil’s government has threatened to intervene in controlling fares, should the airline industry increase air fare prices to exorbitant amounts during in the period surrounding the World Cup, which opens in Sao Paulo, on 12 June 2014. Similar warnings have been issued to hotels after some accommodation businesses had increased their prices as much as five times the usual price. 

An estimation of nearly 600 000 foreign soccer fans, as well as more than 3 million local tourists are expected to be visiting the continent-sized country for the World Cup. 

Brazil’s limited rail and road service will force many foreigners to make use of air travel. And while air fares may be capped, the old and outdated airports could cause many delays and overcrowding.

According to US Today, Sepp Blatter, President of FIFA, reportedly told 24 Heures that in his 40 years of experience, Brazil is the country that is the furthest behind in preparation for the World Cup.
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