The Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) in São Paulo is the second largest corporate jet fair in the world (after Geneva’s EBACE) and, like everything in Brazil, it’s growing.

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The Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) in São Paulo is the second largest corporate jet fair in the world (after Geneva’s EBACE) and, like everything in Brazil, it’s growing. Brazil’s business jet fleet is the second fastest growing after China, but the country’s aviation infrastructure is being tested to its limit.

While GDP is growing at more than 6 per cent a year, the aviation market grew 27 per cent last year. Combined with the growth of Brazilian multinational companies, business jets are fighting for room, as space and money is given to the commercial airline sector. Francisco Lyra, president of the Brazilian Association of General Aviation (ABAG), which organises LABACE, is frank about the problems. “The government and regulatory agencies aren’t on our side. They say ‘how can we protect you if the best public interest is with the commercial airline business?’” he says. A recent Mckinsey report funded by the government suggested moving all jet traffic from the main airports to a regional one two hours away from São Paulo, defeating the object of time-saving inherent in business aviation.

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