Airports slammed in Brazil

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The chief of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has sharply criticised the poor condition of Brazil airports, saying that the situation could put the South American nation in a very bad light during the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games if the government does not improve capacity and renovate aging infrastructure.

IATA chief executive officer Giovanni Bisignani expressed his dissatisfaction at a conference of the travel industry held on Thursday in Panama. "Brazil is Latin America's largest and fastest growing economy but air transport infrastructure is a growing disaster, " Bisignani said at the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association conference. "To avoid a national embarrassment, Brazil needs bigger and better facilities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. But I don't see progress and the clock is ticking, " he said. The country's airports have not been able to handle the increased passenger traffic brought about by economic progress. According to the IATA official, at least 13 out of 20 domestic terminals are beyond capacity and Sao Paulo, the country's largest passenger hub, is already under strain. Residents and tourists have had to deal with numerous flight delays and postponements because of the situation.

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