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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 Signs Agreement to Acquire Major Commuter Airline in Brazil

Azul, Brazil's third-largest airline, announced this Tuesday it reached an agreement with Two Táxi Aéreo, by which it acquires the latter in a transaction worth BRL123 million — equivalent to 29.761 million dollars in current values. The partnership is pending a further sale contract and regulatory approvals. Two Táxi Aéreo,…

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…

Brazilian Civil Aviation Authority Redistribute Slots at São Paulo Airport

The National Civil Aviation Agency in Brazil (ANAC) concluded on Wednesday the redistribution of the 41 pairs of slots (spaces for takeoffs and landings) that were used by Avianca Brasil in Congonhas, São Paulo’s downtown airport, one of the busiest and more lucrative airports in the country. Azul, which holds…

Brazilian Civil Aviation Authority Redistribute Slots at São Paulo Airport

The National Civil Aviation Agency in Brazil (ANAC) concluded on Wednesday the redistribution of the 41 pairs of slots (spaces for takeoffs and landings) that were used by Avianca Brasil in Congonhas, São Paulo’s downtown airport, one of the busiest and more lucrative airports in the country. Azul, which holds…

Brazilian Civil Aviation Authority Redistribute Slots at São Paulo Airport

The National Civil Aviation Agency in Brazil (ANAC) concluded on Wednesday the redistribution of the 41 pairs of slots (spaces for takeoffs and landings) that were used by Avianca Brasil in Congonhas, São Paulo’s downtown airport, one of the busiest and more lucrative airports in the country. Azul, which holds…

Azul May Buy Brazilian Regional Carrier to Secure Additional Congonhas…

While Avianca Brasil's slots may have been auctioned last week, the discussion may not yet come to an end. As legal uncertainty looms over the validity of this auction, the slot sale could be reverted. The main fight is over the slots in the oversaturated Congonhas Airport in São Paulo,…

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…