Brazil may not extend more aid to airlines, senior official says

Reuters

BRASILIA, Oct 23 (Reuters) - The Brazilian governmentcurrently sees difficulties in offering further help to airlinesbeyond what has already been given, Gleisi Hoffmann, PresidentDilma Rousseff's chief of staff, said on Wednesday.

Airlines operating in Brazil have been battling weak demand,rising fuel and operating costs, a slump in the currency andinfrastructure problems over the past two years.

Hoffmann also said that the government has no plans toreview the 49 percent stake that civil aviation infrastructureagency Infraero takes in upcoming concessions to operate thenation's airports.

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