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Flights on this route will be operated by the E195 at first (Photo: João Machado)

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

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 Airport (CGH), which granted the airline 15 new daily slots. Azul will start the route with a high number of 17 daily operations in each direction, and flights are set…

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 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,…

Argentina and U.S. Lift Restrictions on Frequencies and Capacity

The United States and Argentina yesterday ratified a new amendment to the bilateral 1985 Air Transport Services Agreement immediately lifting previously established reciprocity restrictions. The new agreement between U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Argentinian Minister of Transportation Guillermo Dietrich liberalizes the U.S.-Argentina to the extent that any U.S.…

First Quarter Results Show Positive Demand Recovery for Brazil’s Major…

The commercial aviation market in Brazil has had an intense first quarter this year. As the new government takes office, the markets are waiting anxiously for the promised economic reforms, reflecting in more investments and thus, accelerating demand. Most important, though, is the collapse of Avianca Brasil, which was the…

LATAM Presents Poor Quarterly Results, Makes Significant Network Adjustments

Last week, LATAM held its quarterly earnings call where it presented some rather bleak financial results for the first few months of the year. In the first quarter of 2019, LATAMs earned $2.525 billion in revenue, which represents a 7.5 percent decrease from the $2.730 billion earned during the same…

Air Europa Seeks Entry into Brazil’s Domestic Market

Air Europa applied last Friday to operate domestic flights within Brazil. The move is a direct result of new laws in Brazil allowing foreign airlines 100 percent ownership of Brazilian airlines, whereas foreign ownership was previously limited to 25 percent. Brazil's congress approved last Wednesday the new law, which included…

American Adds New South America Connection from New York

Fort Worth-based American Airlines announced a new connection to Georgetown, Guyana on Thursday from its hub at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The new flight will add to the carrier’s current flights to Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, and seasonal service to Rio to be the fourth nonstop flight…

Norwegian Eyes South American Flights from Spain

Norwegian announced it has been granted seven weekly frequencies between Spain and Peru by the Spanish General Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) . If flights commence, the Oslo born carrier will become the fourth airline to operate flights between both countries. The Oslo-based carrier currently flies to Boston, Los Angeles and…

JetBlue Adds New Service to Ecuador, Grows International Footprint

JetBlue announced the start of new service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Ecuador’s Guayaquil’s José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) on Thursday. The new service marks JetBlue’s broader reach into Latin America and the Caribbean. Guayaquil is JetBlue’s sixth destination in South America and second destination in…