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Air Nostrum Will Fly Domestic Routes in Brazil
The Spanish regional operator Air Nostrum met with Brazilian authorities showing interested in flying domestic routes in Brazil. This is a part of a recent effort by the Brazilian government to attract foreign airlines and increase airline competition. In 2019 Brazil approved a law allowing 100 percent foreign ownership of airlines operating in the country.
As part of this new policy Brazil attracted only a few international airlines to the country like Norwegian, JetSmart, and Sky Airlines but only to operate international flights. This will be the first airline to operate domestic routes.
After being authorized, the company must adopt another name and operate on regional routes from the second half of 2020.
In the last few years, Azul Airlines has been targeting smaller regional airports in Brazil using a large fleet of ATR-600 and connecting those passengers to larger hubs. Besides the growing number of smaller airports served there is still little competition that keeps the prices high and inaccessible for most of the population.
Air Nostrum is headquartered in Valencia, Spain and operates an Iberia franchise. It has a fleet of regional jets which includes 11 ATR-600, seven CRJ200, eight CRJ900, and 25 CRJ1000. It flies 91 domestic and international routes to 51 destinations from hubs in Barcelona, Madrid, and Valencia.
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