Photo: Map of Brazil
As President Obama visits Brazil and attempts to garner jobs for the U.S. through trade, Brazil and the European Union (EU) announced a breakthrough agreement on aviation.
As a result of negotiations that started in 2007, all European Union airlines will have the ability to operate flights directly from the EU to Brazil with all restrictions on routes, pricing and number of flights lifted.
In addition both countries have agreed to work together in the areas of air traffic control, environmental issues and aviation safety. All of this is good news for the flying public that will see more flights and more ease in flying from the EU to Brazil and vice versa.
Approximately 4.5 million passengers annually fly between the EU and Brazil and Brazil is considered the fastest growing aviation market in the world. The agreement comes at a perfect time for Brazil that is getting ready to host the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016 and are anticipating many Europeans travelers to those events.