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Chamber maintains free luggage; text goes to presidential sanction

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 Chamber maintains free luggage;  text goes to presidential sanction

The Chamber of Deputies concluded this Tuesday (24) the analysis of the provisional measure (MP) that makes the legislation of the airline sector more flexible. Among other points, the text re-establishes the free dispatch of luggage weighing up to 23 kilos on domestic flights and up to 30 kilos on international flights. The MP will be sent for presidential sanction.

In this session, parliamentarians approved two amendments proposed by the senators, which deal with the registration of a foreign company operating an airline and the granting of a license certificate for practitioners of aerosports, such as free flight.

The Chamber rejected, however, a provision that intended to transfer, from 2023, from the Airline Fund to the Transport Social Service (Sest) and the National Transport Learning Service (Senat) part of the resources contributed by companies in the air sector to the Social Service for Commerce (Sesc), the Social Service for Industry (Sesi) and the National Service for Industrial Learning (Senai).


The section that restored the free baggage allowance was not provided for in the original text of the MP. By including the passage in the Chamber, deputies stated that they had been “deceived” by the airlines, according to which charging for checked baggage would reduce the price of tickets. The measure was approved by Congress in 2017, but did not ensure a reduction in airline ticket prices.

While processing in the Senate, the MP’s rapporteur, Carlos Viana (PL-MG), came to withdraw the resumption of free baggage dispatch. In defense of the deletion of the segment, he argued that resuming the baggage allowance could increase the price of tickets and that, in the same way, the paid order could reduce prices. However, senators approved a highlight that returned the passage to the MP.


The MP defines the air service as an activity of public interest that, even subject to regulation, can be freely explored by private entities. Among other points, it establishes that any individual or legal entity may operate air services, in compliance with the rules of the Brazilian Aeronautical Code (CBA) and the civil aviation authority. The proposal also changes values ​​and types of operations subject to fees by the National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac).

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