ALTA raises concerns over proposed Brazilian airport slot rules

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Latin America's airline trade association has raised concerns about new slot distribution rules at Brazilian airports that have been proposed by the country's government, calling the approach "unilateral".

"We are very worried about the approach," says Alex de Gunten, the executive director of the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA), at the sidelines of the 6th ICAO Air Transport Conference in Montreal,

Brazil's civil aviation authority (ANAC) said earlier this year it plans to force airlines with poor on-time performance to give up their slots at airports to competitors. The proposed legislation is open to comment from airlines.

ALTA's de Gunten says the association with working with the IATA to emphasise to Brazil's authorities that they could work with the industry to address the issue of congested airports in Brazil.

"We should find the solutions together," he says, adding that a meeting with the Brazilian authorities is scheduled to take place in two weeks. "We are still fighting."

Aside from losing their slots, airlines could also face fines of up to 100,000 Brazilian reals ($50,740) under the new proposed legislation.