Brazil Allows Catering Service To Return On Domestic Flights

The Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (Anvisa, in Portuguese) has relaxed the sanitary measures to be adopted in airports and aircraft, allowing the return of onboard service on flights.

Relaxed travel restrictions

After more than two years of strict travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brazil is looking to relax some sanitary measures. This will directly impact the passenger experience on flights across the country, and Azul, GOL, and LATAM should be very happy.

On Thursday, Anvisa approved the amendment of the Resolution 456/2020, allowing the return of onboard service on commercial flights, starting on May 22.

Nevertheless, Anvisa is still recommending that in-flight services be as short as possible to not significantly impair the use of face masks by travelers.

Alex Campos, Anvisa’s head, said,

“The measures need to be gradual; the risks need to be continuously evaluated and weighed. The layers of protection aim to allow the monitoring of the benefits brought by new measures implemented and any associated risks.”

Following the announcement by Anvisa, LATAM Brasil issued a statement celebrating the decision to release in-flight service. LATAM added it will soon communicate further details about the resumption of this service on all its flights. Currently, LATAM operates around 3,870 flights from Brazil, of which 96% are domestic services, according to data provided by Cirium.

The fine print

Despite easing the restrictions, Anvisa’s amendment still maintains a high degree of measures to prevent contamination in confined spaces.

The most important restriction that will be kept is the use of face masks. Unlike other countries (the United States, for example), passengers onboard Brazilian flights will have to use a mask, except at specific moments, like eating.

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Anvisa is recommending that all solid waste generated by the in-flight service be collected as soon as possible. Crews must pay special attention to objects that may have direct or indirect contact with the traveler’s mouth, such as cups, plates, forks, etc.

Anvisa also removed the restriction to perform cleaning and disinfection procedures of the aircraft only when the plane is empty. Now, these procedures may take place while passengers are disembarking.

Disembarking from aircraft should also be done by rows. This measure is aimed at reducing agglomerations in the corridors.

Brazilian airlines will be able to offer onboard service after a two-year hiatus. Photo: Lukas Souza | Simple Flying

The Brazilian aviation recovery

This year has been good so far for the Brazilian airlines. They have been able to post strong passenger numbers despite COVID-19 waves and travel restrictions. Azul and GOL even just had profits in their first quarter financial results.

According to data provided by Brazil’s Civil Aviation National Agency, the country had 22.5 million passengers between January and March. LATAM has carried 7.03 million passengers holding a 31.19% market share, followed by GOL with 6.7 million passengers (29.79%) and Azul with 6.27 million (27.82%).


Compared to 2019 levels, the Brazilian aviation industry has recovered 73.5% of its pre-pandemic traffic levels. Nevertheless, the domestic recovery has been more robust than the international. Domestically, Brazil has had 19.5 million travelers, recovering 81.2% of the pre-pandemic traffic levels.

Are you happy in-flight service is coming back on commercial flights in Brazil? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Papo de Aeroporto.


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