Tam Air Threatens Football’s Future
Fifa, football’s world governing body has awarded the 2014 tournament to Brazil–a brave move, considering that Brazil’s justice ministry has recorded 150 murders per day in Brazil, and the state of Brazil’s aviation industry is less than stellar.
Currently it only takes a brief thunderstorm in Sao Paulo to knock out Brazil’s domestic air system. Congonhas airport must shut during storms, which has a domino effect.
Two major crashes occurred in the past 13 months:
Gol-In September last year- 155 people died when a Boeing 737-800 operated by domestic company Gol collided with an executive jet
Tam-In July,- 187 people were killed when an Airbus A320 overshot the runway at Congonhas.
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is quoted as saying “Our aviation system, in spite of the investments we have made in expansion and modernisation, is passing through difficulties.”
An overland journey from Rio de Janeiro to Manaus takes 60 hours on a bus to Belem, followed by several days on a boat down the Amazon river. There is no astrobus.