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Demand for flights dropped 75% in Brazil

Although flights are decreasing, Latam Airlines expects to repatriate 7,000 people from last Thursday until today

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  • According to Valor Econômico, the number of international flights decreased 95%;
  • Companies in Latin America will allow free flights for health professionals.

The demand for flights in Brazil is 75% lower than during the same period last year, according to Valor Econômico. The number comes from Abear (Brazilian Airlines Association), which represents Gol, Latam, MAP, Voepass and Two Flex.

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Demand also plunged for international flights by 95% this week, compared to the same period last year. The association says the drop is due to travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

However, Latam Airlines expects to repatriate almost 7,000 people, from last Thursday until today. Last week, the company operated 19 special international flights to repatriate people to destinations affected by travel restrictions imposed by governments: 3,370 people returned to their countries. This week, 17 more flights are planned, which are awaiting government authorization for operation, according to Valor.

Health workers

Latam Airlines, Gol and Azul also announced that they will transport health professionals acting to combat COVID-19 free of charge. Doctors, nurses and other specialists involved in the fight will be fully exempt from the airfare, paying only the boarding fee.

According to the companies, it is a way of recognizing the work of these professionals. Latam also said that it will award an extra 1,000 points for each flight flown in the Latam Pass loyalty program.