Passenger volume at São Paulo airports grows above the national average

The number of domestic flight landings across Brazil reached 97.1 million passengers in 2019. Of this total, 30.9 million were at São Paulo airports, equivalent to 31.8% of the total, with highlights for Guarulhos, Congonhas and Viracopos. The national result was 1.8% higher than in 2018, while in the State of São Paulo the growth was triple, of 5.4%. The data are from the National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac).

The positive result is also confirmed in the 21 regional airports managed by the São Paulo State Air Department (Daesp). There were more than 2.45 million passengers in 2019, an increase of 6.1% compared to 2018 (2.31 million). “The numbers prove the impact of the opening of almost 700 new weekly frequencies, within the SP Pra Todos program, of the São Paulo government“, says the State Tourism Secretary, Vinicius Lummertz. “If we count only the second half, when the program started, the growth in 2019 is even greater: 10.9% compared to 2018”, he says.

Considering only the airports that received new frequencies, the highlights are Araraquara, which grew 36%, reaching close to 6 thousand passengers in 2019, compared to 4,300 in 2018; Presidente Prudente, which went from 279 thousand to 319 thousand passengers, an increase of 14.1%; and Araçatuba, with 115 thousand passengers last year – 13.8% more than in 2018 (101 thousand).

The State of São Paulo is the largest emitter pole of tourism in Latin America and this segment is the one that most quickly generates jobs and moves the creative economy, there are three million fixed and temporary posts throughout the State“, said Governor João Doria announcing the expansion of flights to the interior in September 2019.

Lummertz believes that 2020 will be even more positive. “The airlines are improving their offer. We expect three other airports to start receiving scheduled flights and the occupancy rates of the planes, with the economic heating, are expected to rise significantly,” said the secretary. After Guarulhos, Congonhas and Viracopos, Ribeirão Preto airport is the busiest in the state, having received 923 thousand passengers in 2019, an increase of 5.3% compared to 2018.


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