Despite the empty seats, Rio’s summer Olympics has helped foreign airlines flying into Brazil, which have been cutting back capacity as the economic decline in the country started to affect demand. British Airways has pointed to a surge in passenger numbers during the Olympics even though it resulted in net loss for the airline since high yielding business passengers put off travel to London from Brazil during this period. For American Airlines, however, which has few business passengers from the country has benefitted from increased demand for services to Brazil, which was confirmed by American’s president, Scott Kirby in a

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