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Holiday travel

The Holiday rush is on and the airports look very much like shopping centers without the holiday mood. Today 29% of all flights in Brazil were an hour or more late and 8.1% were cancelled. Things are not expected to get better between now and New Years. From what I have read the US isn’t doing much better.

This is the beginning of the Summer Vacation period, which runs through the end of February. It is also the rainy season for much of Brazil. This adds to air travel problems as well as travel be car and bus…floods.

Holiday Dates for 2008 in Brazil. (Don’t forget there are lots of local, city and state holidays as well….and many like to sneak in an extra day!)

Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Feb 2 Carnival
Feb 3 Carnival
Feb 4 Carnival
Feb 5 Carnival/Shrove Tuesday
Feb 6 Carnival end (until 14 hours)
Mar 21 Good Friday
Mar 23 Easter Day
Apr 21 Tiradentes Day
May 1 Labor Day
May 22 Corpus Christi
Sep 7 Independence Day
Oct 12 Holy Mary’s Day
Nov 2 Remembrance Day
Nov 15 Republic Proclamation Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 31 New Year’s Eve (from 14 hours)

UPDATES:

1 May 08

This is Brazil’s Labor Day Holiday. No super crisis this holiday, but there were above average cancellations and late flights. What was a “problem” two years ago is now accepted as normal. Like so many airports around the world, the passenger always pays the bill for the air travel mess.

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