Foreign airlines could operate internal flights during World Cup
January 6th, 2014 by elisa

Foreign airlines may be able to operate internal flights during this year’s football World Cup, according to the Brazilian president’s chief of staff,¬†Gleisi Hoffmann.

Ms Hoffman said President Dilma Rousseff was considering the move in order to prevent extortionate price hikes on internal flights during the popular event. The Brazilian constitution grants the president powers to rule by decree in special circumstances, which means if decided, the measure could be introduced in good time for the start of the World Cup.

“We have not taken a decision as yet, but if there is abuse, that is one of the measures being considered,” Ms Hoffman told the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper.

“We have held meetings with hotel owners and the airlines. We want all the businesses to get a return for their investment during the major events [Brazil is hosting], but prices must be fair,” she said.

The BBC reports that Fifa, the world football governing body, has also expressed concern over the wider infrastructure, such as lack of visitor accommodation and overcrowding at airports.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter said that “Brazil has now realised that it started up too late”.

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