Azul started flying on the 900-kilometre route from São Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) to Porto Alegre (POA), the capital of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, on 27 April. A schedule of 19 weekly flights is operated on the route using its E195s. TAM (49 weekly flights), GOL (44) and Avianca Brazil (21) provide intense competition on the route, which is Azul’s 13th from the São Paulo airport. It is the airline’s 11th route from Porto Alegre, which handled almost 8.3 million passengers in 2012 making it Brazil’s ninth busiest airport.
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