For the past year, the nation's major airlines, TAM and Gol have been reducing capacity and laying off staff in the hope to remain profitable. This will only create a major problem when it comes to shuttling soccer fanatics from venue to venue, not to mention the even greater hurdle of getting international fans to Brazil in the first place.
The Open-Skies agreement seeks to removes restrictions on pricing and on the routes between each country that can be served by U.S. and Brazilian scheduled and charter airlines. To put it simply, airfare will come down with competitive pricing, and there'll be more planes and more convenient routes between the US and Brazil.
A recent search of flights between Brasilia and Rio at the beginning of the championship revealed that TAM's lowest fares were completely sold out for one leg, causing the total ticket price for the 100-minute flight to cost just over $730 USD. Gol isn't much cheaper with the same itinerary costing about $500 USD.
The World Cup comes a little too soon for the Open Skies Treaty, which won't be in full effect until 2015. Once the final draw takes place on December 6, Brazilian officials might plan to allow a bit more freedom with foreign carriers for the games; by then there will be a better idea of which teams will be playing whom and in which cities. Here's hoping that airfares don't get much higher than they already are.