DOT Proposes New Sao Paulo Flights

USA to Brazil – Open Skies Ahead


New Flights to Sao Paulo

New Routes to Sao Paulo

Washington — June 21, 2013 (FlyersPulse.Com):  American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and US Airways have been given rights to serve Sao Paulo, Brazil from Los Angeles (LAX), Atlanta (ATL), Detroit-Metro (DTW), and Charlotte (CLT). The new and expanded rights lay the groundwork for an “Open Skies” agreement between the two nations.

In light of the announcement, American Airlines announced non-stop flights between their Los Angeles hub (LAX) and Sao Paulo (GRU), pending approval, beginning November 21st.  The agreement, if made final, will allow Delta to add a second daily flight from their mega-hub in Atlanta (ATL) plus it’ll allow both Delta and US Airways to continue their daily flights from Detroit and Charlotte respectively.

Will Ris, American’s Senior VP of Government and Regulatory Affairs said, “We appreciate that the DOT conducted a thorough review of all applications and agreed to tentatively grant us the needed approvals so we may begin flying from our hub at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Sao Paulo. LAX currently has no nonstop service to Brazil by a U.S. carrier and American wants to expand its service to Brazil to meet customer demand in this extremely important and growing market.”

According to Ris, American also sought approval to operate between Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Sao Paulo (GRU). However, consumers flying American Airlines from Chicago have access to easy connecting flights via three other key American hubs – New York (JFK), Miami (MIA) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW).

Additionally, it’s worth noting the “new” American Airlines is expected to pick up the Charlotte route as a result of the merger with US Airways.  The US Airways hub in Charlotte (CLT) is well positioned in the southeast United States to pick up connecting traffic and compete against rival Delta Air Lines.

The DOT found the proposed agreement as necessary to continue the Detroit and Charlotte flights, both in high demand; the two additional flights will provide additional opportunities for connecting flights via Atlanta and provide Los Angeles with a nonstop operated by a US carrier.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood concluded, “We look forward to additional opportunities for U.S.-Brazil air service when full Open Skies takes effect in two years.”

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