International airlines are worried the Brazilian government may hit them with a flurry of fines during the World Cup over delayed flights and lost bags at already overcrowded airports, IATA head Tony Tyler said.Less than four months before kickoff, Brazil's busiest airport, in Sao Paulo, is still racing to finish a new terminal and other airports are preparing temporary tents to receive the influx of passengers.That leaves airlines wary that they will be on the hook for untested baggage handling systems and overcrowded terminals.Many of Brazil's biggest airports are running beyond capacity after years of neglect by state operator Infraero."It's very unfair to hold the airlines responsible for every disruption that happens if frankly it's a problem of the infrastructure," said Tony Tyler, head of the International Air Transport Association, ahead of a visit Sao Paulo's Guarulhos Airport.His concerns underscore the challenges facing Brazil's aviation industry during the tournament in June and July, which Tyler called the "Aviation Cup." Airlines are adding hundreds of international routes and nearly 2,000 new domestic flights to ferry some 600,000 foreign fans and millions of Brazilian tourists between the dozen cities hosting matches.
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