The new minister also stated that he will maintain the previous minister’s program, Voa Brasil, with tickets costing R$200 in specific situations. The new Minister of Ports and Airports, Silvio Costa Filho (Republicanos-PE), stated this Wednesday (13) that he will seek to lower air ticket prices and intends to continue the “Voa, Brasil” program. ✅Click here to follow the new g1 channel on WhatsApp. ⚠️The old group will be deactivated. Even if you are already part of our community, you need to register again. “We are going to work alongside President Lula, collectively with the productive sector, to try to lower the ticket price because it is very expensive in Brazil. This means development, growth and gives a sign for Brazilians to get to know Brazil. And rest assured , minister Márcio França, that ‘Voa, Brasil’, we will build together”, he declared. The program aims to offer airline tickets for around R$200 to retirees and pensioners of the National Social Security Institute (INSS). Announced by Márcio França (PSB-SP) in March, the launch of “Voa, Brasil” was postponed a few times. It was scheduled for July and is now expected to be released at the end of September. Costa Filho received this Wednesday (13) the position from Márcio França (PSB-SP) in a ceremony at the Ministry of Ports and Airports. France leaves command of the ministry after changes in the Esplanada government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT). To expand the base in Congress, the president appointed the PP deputy as Minister of Ports and Airports. France now assumes the new Ministry of Entrepreneurship. The ministers took office this Wednesday morning (13). Galeão Airport In an interview with journalists this Wednesday, the new minister said that he wants to “strengthen Galeão airport more than ever.” In August, President Lula signed an ordinance that restricts flights at Santos Dumont airport from January 2024. The rule limits routes at the airport to Congonhas and Vitória, which will transfer flights from other destinations to Galeão. “Starting tomorrow [14 de setembro], we will talk to Galeão and all the actors involved in this construction to seek a path that can strengthen both airports, to preserve flights, but above all to keep the airports functioning and bringing comfort to the population”, he declared. According to Costa Filho, there will be a meeting next week to discuss the matter with the sector, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, and the state governor, Cláudio Castro. Porto de Santos Earlier, in an interview at Palácio do Planalto, Silvio Costa Filho said he was against the privatization of the Port of Santos — the country’s main port. “The Port of Santos, our desire is to work towards non-privatization, but we will dialogue with the productive sector”, declared the new minister. Costa Filho mentioned the works of the Santos-Guarujá tunnel. The underwater tunnel will be 43 km long and will connect the two cities on the coast of São Paulo. The tunnel was the main counterpart that the government of Jair Bolsonaro (PL) expected with the port privatization project. The idea is that the execution of the works would be an obligation for whoever auctions the asset at auction. Now, under the Lula government, the tunnel is part of the new minister’s Novo PAC Party, the Republicans also house the governor of São Paulo, Tarcísio de Freitas. He is a former Minister of Infrastructure in the government of Jair Bolsonaro (PL) and defends the privatization of the port. On the afternoon of this Wednesday (13), the new minister stated that he will prioritize the ports agenda. “We want to dialogue effectively with all private ports in Brazil, to understand investments, see how the federal government can seek public policies to reduce bureaucracy and target the productive sector so that we can seek more and more private investments”, he declared. Relationship with the Republicans To journalists, the minister said that in the first half of the year the Republicans voted “87% with the government”, mainly on economic issues. “Republicans is a democratic party and President Marcos Pereira is someone who talks well with the left, the right, the center. He is someone who thinks about Brazil”, declared the minister. Even after Costa Filho’s appointment to the ministry, the party published a note in which it denied that it would be part of the Lula government’s base in Congress. “The Republicans publicly reiterate, once again, that they will not be part of the base of the Lula government and will continue to act independently”, says the note.