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What are the recently launched air routes in Brazil?

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Brazil air traffic just got significant updates in 2023 flights schedule

Following the increased operations of Azul and Gol at Congonhas Airport in São Paulo, these two companies along with Latam and VoePass have announced new routes across Brazil.

Azul has decided to invest in expanding the fixed network in Campina Grande, Paraíba, in order to expand its air network. The company is set to introduce six new destinations, with the new flights operating permanently from June during the festive period and peak season for visitors.

Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte will be directly connected to Campina Grande in the southeast region, while the company will also launch routes from Salvador, Fortaleza, Natal to further integrate with the northeast region. Azul has already doubled its operation connecting Campina Grande to Recife, which is one of Azul’s hubs and a connecting point to other destinations in Brazil and abroad.

Furthermore, the company has reorganized its network that serves the interior of the state to include Cajazeiras, in addition to Patos, on the route to the capital of Pernambuco three times a week.

Azul has announced modifications to its network in Rondonópolis, Mato Grosso. The city will now be serviced with daytime flights, effective June of this year. This change will allow for daily flights connecting Azul’s biggest hub in the country, Viracopos, to Rondonópolis, both in the morning and afternoon. Additionally, the airline will be upgrading its equipment from Embraer E1 to E2 aircraft, which can accommodate 136 passengers and feature Wi-Fi on board.

Azul has also announced new routes between Fortaleza and Juazeiro do Norte in Ceará. From Monday to Saturday, flights will depart from Pinto Martins Airport at 4:30 am, taking passengers to Juazeiro. In the opposite direction, flights will operate daily, except on Saturdays, departing at 23:55. These flights are already available for purchase through Azul’s official channels.

Starting from May 9th, Jet flights will depart daily from Ribeirão Preto and São José do Rio Preto to São Paulo. Flights from Araçatuba and Ipatinga/Vale do Aço are scheduled to begin in July. The company has stated that this change is part of the ongoing air network adjustment and will temporarily affect other regional bases.

Gol will be suspending flights to and from the airports of Araguaína (AUX), Barreiras (BRA), Lençóis/Chapada Diamantina (LEC), Paulo Afonso (PAV), Santa Maria (RIA), Teixeira de Freitas (TXF), Uberaba (UBA), and Uruguaiana (URG) from May 9th. The airline is contacting all customers who have purchased tickets to fly on these segments that will undergo changes. The reason for these changes is the termination of the partnership with VoePass, which previously served these locations with ATR 72 aircraft.

Meanwhile, Gol will be using Boeing 737 jet aircraft to operate at the airports of Araçatuba, Ipatinga/Vale do Aço, Ribeirão Preto, and São Jose do Rio Preto.

Gol Linhas Aéreas is preparing to launch flights from its bases in Araçatuba, Ribeirão Preto, and São José do Rio Preto in the interior of São Paulo, as well as Ipatinga/Vale do Aço in Minas Gerais. The airline will be using Boeing 737 models, which can accommodate up to 186 passengers. These flights will originate and terminate at São Paulo’s Congonhas airport and will begin operation throughout 2022.

Gol Linhas Aéreas and TAAG Linhas Aéreas de Angola have partnered through a Codeshare agreement, enabling increased passenger traffic between Latin America, Africa, and Europe via São Paulo’s Guarulhos Airport and Luanda’s 4 de Fevereiro International Airport. The partnership allows both airlines to expand their commercial routes by integrating partner destinations and increase their network and sales force without additional investment.

The agreement enables Gol customers to purchase flights to Angola, Africa, and Europe via Luanda, while TAAG customers can purchase tickets to Gol destinations in Brazil and Latin America. Meanwhile, Latam has inaugurated its 55th destination in Passo Fundo, with a new daily flight from Guarulhos on an Airbus A320 aircraft.

As of May 9th, VoePass will operate a new network with increased operations and frequencies between cities such as São José do Rio Preto, Ribeirão Preto, Guarulhos, Vitória da Conquista, Barreiras, Salvador, Brasília, Araguaína, and Tefé, Barcelos, Manicoré, São Paulo of Olivença, and Santa Isabel do Rio Negro in Amazonas, following the end of its partnership with Gol.

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