Azul Airlines’ Sao Paulo Viracopos to Fort Lauderdale
On 1 December, Sao Paulo Viracopos Airport celebrated the launch of Azul Airlines’ first international service, to Fort Lauderdale in Florida. The 6,492-kilometre sector will be operated daily, using the LCC’s A330-200s.
- Azul Airlines, which reported 32% growth in passenger numbers in 2013, increased its offering with the addition of two new routes on 1 December. Interestingly, the low-cost carrier introduced its first international link with the addition of daily 272-seat A330-200 flights from its Sao Paulo Viracopos (VCP) base to Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL), a sector not served by any other airline. In addition, Azul started six weekly flights on the 1,944-kilometre sector from Brasilia (BSB) to Manaus (MAO), using its 118-seat E195s. The domestic route will face direct competition from TAM Airlines’ 25 weekly flights and GOL’s twice-daily services. Sao Paulo Viracopos Airport is scrutinised in more detail in this week’s airport analysis.