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Arriving in Recife following Azul's first Airbus A330-900neo flight. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

Latin American Low-Cost Carriers Trust They Will Recover First

After being announced as the new CEO and Executive Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association CEO, José Ricardo Botelho, announced that airlines operating in the Latin American and Caribbean market transported 1.08 million passengers in April, 97% less compared to April 2019, the last time 1 million people traveled in a month was in the 1960s. The situation in May was very similar. He also declared, “for June a slightly better situation looms with the opening…

Despite COVID-19, Airline Capacity in Brazil Starts Rebounding

In the same week Brazil became the country with the second most confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world, Azul Brazilian Airlines, GOL Airlines and LATAM, the country's three major airlines, have started to roll out their networks for June. Somewhat counterintuitively, the three reported a capacity increase compared to…

Underserving Cargo Demand, Brazilian Airlines Resume Service to Some Cities

The lack of passenger demand brought by the COVID-19 pandemic has created an existential threat to airlines in Brazil. Despite a delayed initial outbreak compared to some countries, the onset of the coronavirus in the country eventually led to a drop in bookings and revenue similar to that seen abroad.…

How Airlines in Brazil Are Responding to the COVID-19

Like most large aviation markets around the world, Brazil was living within optimistic times at the start of 2020. Demand, as well as unit revenue. was growing at a healthy pace. However, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the rise of confirmed cases in the country, heavily affected…

Virgin Atlantic Announces First South America Service and Codeshare with…

Virgin Atlantic has its latest destination and first entry into the South American market with a new route to São Paulo from London. The British carrier will connect the two economic hubs via London Heathrow Airport and São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport beginning March 29, 2020. The first South American destination…

Azul to Start “Ponte Aérea” Shuttle Service Between Rio and…

After months of lobbying, discussions and even open verbal fights in the media, Azul finally announced the opening of sales for their operations in the Rio/Santos Dumont-São Paulo/Congonhas "Ponte Aérea" sector, Brazil's most desired route. This comes less than two weeks after the distribution of Avianca Brasil slots in Congonhas…

Azul to Start “Ponte Aérea” Shuttle Service Between Rio and…

After months of lobbying, discussions and even open verbal fights in the media, Azul finally announced the opening of sales for their operations in the Rio/Santos Dumont-São Paulo/Congonhas "Ponte Aérea" sector, Brazil's most desired route. This comes less than two weeks after the distribution of Avianca Brasil slots in Congonhas…

GOL Trials Hub-and-Spoke Operations in Brazil with Regional Carrier

As the fight for slots at Congonhas Airport near Sao Paolu develops, there is one airline in this history which called the most attention: Passaredo Linhas Aéreas. The small carrier, which currently operates six ATR 72-500 and maintains a large debt, seems to be outlining a bigger operation with its…

GOL Trials Hub-and-Spoke Operations in Brazil with Regional Carrier

As the fight for slots at Congonhas Airport near Sao Paolu develops, there is one airline in this history which called the most attention: Passaredo Linhas Aéreas. The small carrier, which currently operates six ATR 72-500 and maintains a large debt, seems to be outlining a bigger operation with its…

GOL Reassures Confidence in 737 MAX, Schedules New Flight With…

While some Boeing 737 MAX operators around the world are looking to seek compensation from Boeing for the costs associated with the global fleet’s groundings, Brazilian carrier GOL has scheduled a new flight with the Boeing 737 MAX, reassuring its confidence in the type. The Brazilian carrier expects to have…