GOL commenced flights between Sao Paulo Guarulhos and Quito on 27 December. As part of the celebrations to commemorate the new route, a cake was baked along with a cutting of a ribbon, declaring the route open. Taking part in the ribbon cutting along with the first flight crew were Eduardo Bernardes, VP Sales and Marketing, GOL (second right), and João Pita, Head of Airlines Business, Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport (right). Flights will operate three times weekly.
- GOL launched flights to Ecuador on 27 December, the day which saw the airline begin flights between Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) and Quito (UIO). Flown using the airline’s fleet of 737 MAX 8s, the 4,305-kilometre route will be served three times weekly, facing no direct competition. Flights depart from Sao Paulo at 19:35 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, touching down in the Ecuadorian capital, which was the host destination of last year’s Routes Americas, at 22:30. Return services then depart at 23:30, arriving back in Brazil at 08:20 the following morning, with the sector poised to take 5 hours and 50 minutes. Along with this service, GOL also commenced two short-season routes at the start of 2019, including services from Floranopolis (FLN) to Montevideo (MVD) in Uruguay, launched 3 January, plus a 1,474-kilometre link between Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG) and Asunción (ASU) in Paraguay. The latter service will operate twice-weekly (Mondays and Thursdays) until 28 January, while the 1,063-kilometre city pair between Floranopolis and Montevideo will be served three times weekly until the same date, based on OAG schedules. The latter link is presently flown by LATAM Airlines twice-weekly, while the connection between Brazil and Paraguay is flown four times weekly by Paranair, formerly known as Amaszonas Paraguay. See how Quito Airport’s FTWA compared to others from around the globe.