With the recent change in legislation authorizing up to 100% foreign capital in airlines based in Brazil, the interest of low-cost airlines to operate international flights in the country has been increasing. 

These companies operate at a low cost and charge less for the price of tickets, do not provide food on flights, nor totems with printers to retrieve the ticket. In addition, they often charge for services such as baggage handling and seat scheduling.

The National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac) has authorized the operation of four of them in the country: Norwegian, which runs the London – Rio de Janeiro – London route and operates since May of this year; Chilean Sky Airline has been operating since November 2018 on the Santiago – Sao Paulo and Santiago – Rio de Janeiro routes and intends to fly Santiago – Florianópolis from November and Santiago – Salvador from December; Argentina’s FlyBondi, which began operating in the second week of this month on the El Palomar – Sao Paulo and El Palomar – Rio de Janeiro routes, and intends to operate El Palomar – Florianópolis; and finally, the Chilean subsidiary of American US JetSmart, begins to fly in December on the Santiago – Salvador route.

According to Zaroni Advogados founding partner, Raphael Zaroni, “the authorization to hold up to 100% foreign capital in Brazilian airlines should be recognized as another federal government effort to expand the Brazilian economy and highlight the country as an attractive destination for foreign investment.”

ANAC also stated that other airlines, which make traditional flights, are in the process of authorization to make domestic flights in the country. An example is Air Europa, which already operates on the Madrid-Recife, Madrid-Guarulhos and Madrid-Salvador routes. Air China and Virgin also expressed interest.