On 1 July, Liliam Kechichián, Minister of Tourism for Uruguay, and Vice Minister Benjamin Liberoff, welcomed at Montevideo Airport the first Azul Airlines flight from Porto Alegre, which arrived with 70 passengers onboard, including Marcelo Bento, Director of Azul Airlines.
- Azul Airlines commenced flights between Porto Alegre (POA) and Montevideo (MVD) on 1 July. The 705-kilometre sector will be flown four times weekly on the carrier’s 70-seat ATR 72s. The route will face no direct competition. This latest launch by Azul adds Uruguay to its route map, with its only other international market in South America being Cayenne in French Guiana. The airline’s only other international markets are the US with Fort Lauderdale and Orlando services, as well as Portugal with a connection to Lisbon from Sao Paulo Viracopos, a route launched just last week.