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An Azul ATR 72-600 takes-off from Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

After 29 Years, South America’s Most Important Air Route Goes Jet-Free

Over its 70 years of history, the route that connects Congonhas-São Paulo Airport to Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport has become the most important single air route not only in Brazil, but in Latin America. Linking the two largest metropolises in the country the 'Ponte Aérea' — which translates to "Air Bridge" in Brazil's native Portuguese — was always a cash cow for any airline, given its high importance among high-paying business travelers. Such huge importance brings airlines to prioritize the…

Azul Starts ‘Ponte Aérea’ Shuttle Between Rio and São Paulo

Last Thursday, Azul started services on the "Ponte Aérea" shuttle connecting São Paulo (Congonhas) to Rio (Santos Dumont), the most premium route in Latin America, with 16 daily flights each way. The new operations saw a big celebration at both airports. The event counted with the presence of Azul's executives…

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…

Flybondi to Start Flights to Brazil, Keeps Low-Cost Growth in…

The low-cost wave in South America is starting to take the first steps into international operations as Argentina's first low-cost airline, Flybondi, announced it will start flights between Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. The flights will operate between the airline's main base at Buenos Aires' El Palomar Airport to…

GOL Chief Executive Rebukes Criticism by Azul in Slot Spat

In the latest episode of a continuous conflict among airlines in Brazil, the chief executive officer of Gol Transportes Aéreos, Paulo Kakinoff, rebuked comments by Azul Brazilian Airlines' CEO saying that Gol wants to keep Azul from competing on routes between Congonhas Airport in downtown Sao Paulo, and Santos Dumond…