American Airlines has applauded the United States and Brazilian governments for finalising an Open Skies agreement that will allow for increased air service between the two countries.
The two countries have signed a fresh agreement and the US carrier said it paves the way for the US Department of Transportation to approve its proposed joint business with LATAM Airlines Group.
The American-LATAM joint business, which was announced in January 2016, will cover all travel between the US and Canada and Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.
American’s senior vice president of government affairs, Nate Gatten said: “We applaud the US Departments of State and Transportation and the Brazilian Ministry of Transport for taking this important step to enhance the US-Brazil aviation relationship.
“We commend Secretary Pompeo, Secretary Chao and their teams for their leadership and commitment to finalising this agreement. As the leading US carrier in Latin America, American has long advocated for an Open Skies policy between the US and Brazil. This agreement will strengthen economic ties between the US and Brazil and deliver significant benefits for consumers.”
The joint business will give customers an improved route network with increased connectivity and capacity, access to lower fares, and a seamless travel experience between American and LATAM flights. The joint business previously received regulatory approval from Brazil in October 2017, Colombia in May 2017 and Uruguay in November 2016.
American has served Brazil for 28 years and has more flights between the US and Brazil than any other carrier with more than 70 weekly flights to Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Manaus, Belo Horizonte and Brasilia from American’s hubs in Miami, Dallas/Fort Worth, New York and Los Angeles.