Brazilian business aviation services company TAM Aviação Executiva (TAM AE) has received IS-BAH registration for its flagship FBO at São Paulo Congonhas Airport, making it the first in Brazil to earn this achievement. TAM AE is also the second FBO in South America—after Aviasur in Santiago, Chile—to achieve IS-BAH, an industry code of best practices developed by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) that provides standardization to handlers and operators around the world.
Company president Leonado Fiuza said the designation “is proof of an extremely rigorous operation in relation to standards and processes, further reinforcing one of our main pillars: safety.”
TAM also reported that its FBOs have handled record traffic during the pandemic, including both domestic and international flights. In its 60 years in aviation, TAM Aviação Executiva has built South America’s largest business aviation maintenance installations, centered in Jundiaí in the São Paulo region, with sites also in Belo Horizonte, Brasília, and Aracatí, Ceará. It is the exclusive representative in Brazil for Textron Aviation (Cessna/Beechcraft), Bell, and FlightSafety International.
Its FBO services and amenities include 24/7 coordination, flight planning, and overflight authorizations; immigration and customs; bilingual teams; ramp services; and hotel and ground transportation arrangement.
Congonhas Airport is also opening a customs and immigration facility to allow international business aviation flights. Its downtown location makes it one of Brazil’s most desired terminals for commercial aviation.
Government plans to privatize the airport this year—as well as general aviation airports Campo de Marte in São Paulo and Jacarepaguá in Rio—have the potential to upend Brazil’s FBO market, however.