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Pandemic flights in Brazil just as full as pre-coronavirus times

The Brazilian Report analyzed air travel data between April 2020 and June 2021, finding that the average capacity of domestic flights remained almost unchanged during the pandemic, despite health risks

covid Pandemic flights in Brazil just as full as pre-coronavirus times
Passengers at Brasília International Airport. Photo: Raul Spinassé/Folhapress

That the coronavirus pandemic would deal a crushing blow to the commercial aviation sector was no surprise. Intra- and international restrictions, along with widespread fear of Covid-19 contamination in enclosed spaces, made flying one of the least attractive modes of transport during the health crisis.

But with increased levels of vaccination and squashed death curves, restrictions on travel are being loosened worldwide, with airports filling up once more, transporting people from city to city for work or pleasure. 

Distancing measures remain, however — but flight data shows that Brazil’s airlines may not be making air travel as safe...

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