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Low-cost helicopters by Cabify in Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo / With close to 700 helicopters and 400 heliports, Sao Paulo state has one of the three largest fleets of these aircraft in the world, and for the past six months has offered a low-cost service that has made much more accessible a transport for few people, which can be requested by Cabify.

In the city of Sao Paulo alone, considered Brazil’s financial center, there are 400 registered helicopters, according to the latest study taken in 2013, which even places Sao Paulo ahead of cities like New York.

With around 12 million inhabitants, Sao Paulo was known worldwide for its chaotic traffic and in 2014 set a new record with a traffic jam stretching more than 344 kilometers (214 miles) during a rush hour.

The interminable bottlenecks originally made the helicopter a virtually essential vehicle for top executives and the well-to-do in Brazil, especially in Sao Paulo, one of the cities with the largest number of millionaires in Latin America.

Nonetheless, the economic and political crisis pummeling Brazil for more than two years has greatly reduced helicopter operations and has led the way to low-cost flights on demand.

Since August, residents and tourists in Sao Paulo have been able to order a helicopter through Cabify, an associate of the Voom company of the Airbus group.

A client can order a helicopter through Cabify or directly online from Voom up to 45 minutes before the desired flight time at prices some 80 percent less than traditional air-taxi services.

A five-minute trip from a hotel on Ave. Faria Lima to Congonhas Airport can cost between 160 and 400 reais ($65 to $129) depending on the promotional discount, compared with 3,700 reais (around $1,190) charged by one of Sao Paulo’s more traditional air-taxi companies.

Brazil has a fleet of some 1,700 helicopters across all its national territory, of which 700 are in Sao Paulo state, some 400 in Rio de Janeiro and around 260 in Minas Gerais, according to the latest report by the Brazilian Helicopter Pilots Association (Abraphe) taken in 2013. (October 21, 2017, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
La noticia trata...
del medio de transporte que utiliza la mayoría de la gente en Sao Paulo.
de un medio de transporte alternativo para moverse por Sao Paulo.
de una propuesta empresarial al Gobierno de Sao Paulo.
Question 2
En la noticia se dice que...
nadie utiliza ahora el helicóptero porque es un medio de transporte muy caro.
es la primera vez que se utiliza el helicóptero para desplazar a una persona por Sao Paulo.
las personas que ganaban mucho dinero ya utilizaban el helicóptero para desplazarse.
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Con ese servicio de 'low cost' se pretende...
las personas más adineradas sean las únicas que puedan solicitar un taxi aéreo en Sao Paulo.
aumentar el número de personas que soliciten desplazarse por Sao Paulo en helicóptero.
reducir el número de personas que soliciten desplazarse por Sao Paulo en helicóptero.
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Solo los turistas y los altos ejecutivos pueden solicitar este servicio.
No se sabe.
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Según el texto...
es complicado circular por Sao Paulo a causa de los atascos.
apenas hay atascos en Sao Paulo.
no hay ningún problema con el tráfico en Sao Paulo.
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