Brazil is experiencing its most expensive air copay since it became an independent country, according to new figures.
Air copas, which are the most expensive in the world, have risen by almost 25 percent to about $1,400 per person, according the World Health Organization.
The cost has increased since the mid-1990s.
The country has also begun a program that allows citizens to pay for a ticket to a city where they live.
“Air copals are a symbol of wealth and power that are being threatened by the political elite, but also because of the corruption that has infected the air traffic control system,” said José Luis Avelar, head of the Transparency and Accountability Group, a Brazilian think tank.
Brazilian air traffic controllers have been working to reform their systems in the wake of a string of fatal incidents that have killed more than 3,000 people since 2002.
Avelar said the cost of air copals is a “direct result of the state’s failure to properly manage the market.”