An unpublished study by the Brazilian Association of Airline Companies (ABEAR), with the collaboration of GO Associados, shows that air transport contributes 4.2% of Rio de Janeiro’s total production, or the equivalent of R $ 45.8 billion. This figure includes revenue from airlines (passenger and cargo transportation) and their suppliers, plus tourism made possible by the airline sector. The family consumption of the workers in the chain is also added to the sum. The share is higher than the contribution of the sector measured in the national plan, estimated in 3.1% of the total Brazilian production.

In addition, aviation and the sectors that it promotes generated 988.7 thousand jobs in Rio de Janeiro in 2015, with the payment of almost R $ 9.1 billion in salaries. The air sector also contributes with the collection of R $ 3.9 billion in taxes in the state.

The study aims to measure the impact of aviation in the national economy and in all Brazilian states, plus the Federal District. The survey is based on the year 2015 and uses public sources, such as the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) and the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC).

In relative terms, for each R $ 1 that aviation adds to the state economic production, R $ 5 is generated in production in the chain of tourism catalyzed by the modal transportation. With regard to employment, 8 other people are employed in tourism derived from Rio de Janeiro for each job in aviation.

“In this way it is easy to see how stimuli to the airline sector spread and multiply for the economy. Here we show this multiplier effect in tourism, but the same logic applies to other sectors, such as commerce, not to mention the benefits of greater domestic and international connectivity. Aviation has this characteristic of creating and reinforcing virtuous cycles of development, “explains the president of ABEAR, Eduardo Sanovicz.

Rio de Janeiro contributes with 11.46% of the total annual shipments of domestic flights, a share higher than the share of its economy in Brazilian production of 10.94%. The amount of air travel between the Cariocas is of 0.67 shipment per inhabitant, superior to the average of the country, of 0.47.

The state has a very high population density and holds the third largest economy of the federation, with per capita production 30% above the national average and a highlight for the industrial and service sectors. These factors are associated with a very significant tourist movement. The penetration of passenger air transport, as would be expected, is well above the national average. Cargo transport, on the other hand, is relevant, but with lower figures than passenger activity.

“Taxation on aviation fuel, close to the minimum rate, is adequate for the cost structure of the country and contributes unequivocally to the results found. Undoubtedly, aviation has a very important participation in state production, above the Brazilian average, and provides undeniable social and economic benefits to the state, “says Maurício Emboaba, technical consultant at ABEAR.

The president of ABEAR, Eduardo Sanovicz, will be at IBAS 2017 on March 31, at LANDINGS LATIN AMERICA & IBAS, explaining the opportunities and perspectives of the airline industry, the tourism economy in Latin America and the tourism industry in Brazil.