Manaus sees Azul replace Gol as top carrier as capacity rises 25%

Manaus sees Azul replace Gol as top carrier as capacity rises 25%

Manaus has just three international routes this year, representing only 3% of its seats. TAP Air Portugal’s Lisbon service, which routed Lisbon – Manaus – Belem – Lisbon, is no more. It operated between 2014 and 2016, the exact period of Brazil’s economic crash. Might it return, perhaps non-stop in both directions using the A321neo?

Manaus was on course to hit four million seats again by now, OAG schedules data shows.

The big decline from 2015 to 2017 was the result of Brazil’s severe economic crisis, which saw capacity reduce by 30% over peak year 2012.

Manaus, Brazil’s 14th-largest airport, now expects around 3.5 million this year, although the year isn’t yet finalised.

Almost all seat capacity (97%) is now domestic, the second-highest this decade. It has 20 such routes this year, down by two over pre-coronavirus 2019. 

Azul is now the top domestic carrier, replacing Gol.  Azul’s capacity has increased by one-quarter since 2019, benefiting from the big cuts at Gol (-21%) and LATAM (-17%).  It added two new routes for a total of 11.

Azul now uses its full fleet from Manaus: from A330neos to Cessna Caravans. Its A330s are used to Viracopos-Campinas, while its Caravans serve Coari, Lábrea, and the 366-kilometre sector to Parintins. 

Manaus sees Azul replace Gol as top carrier as capacity rises 25%

Manaus was close to reaching four million seats again until coronavirus hit. Source: OAG Schedules Analyser.

Manaus has three international routes this year 

Miami is presently served five-weekly by American using A319s, rising to daily from 3 July. It’ll be joined by a once-weekly, A320-operated service by LATAM between April and October. 

Miami capacity has reduced or remained static in most years, and capacity this year is down greatly from the quarter-of-a-million registered in 2013. Then, American used B737-800s, while TAM used A330-300s and B767-300ERs. There were between 12 and 14 weekly flights each way.

Read more: Miami’s top-10 unserved markets in South America.

Copa’s Panama City is currently once-weekly and will double from March and double again from June.  The 2,529-kilometre route is operated by Embraer 190s; a long trek with a block time of nearly four hours.

Orlando began in 2019 and will have more capacity this year than previously.  Gol will operate it once-weekly using B737-800s from 3 July onwards.

Manaus sees Azul replace Gol as top carrier as capacity rises 25%

Manaus has 20 domestic and three international routes this year.  Sao Paulo Guarulhos (372,000 seats) and Brasilia (243,000) are the most significant, with Belém (199,000), Sao Paulo Viracopos-Campinas (188,000), and Fortaleza (153,000) round out the top-five. Source: OAG Mapper.


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