Azul Brazilian Airlines has revealed plans to open up routes to 35 new cities in the coming years across its domestic and international network.
On 24 March, Brazil’s biggest carrier started its newest destinations: Rosario and Cordoba, both in Argentina. The list of potential new cities also includes Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Caruaru, Mossoró, Serra Talhada, Guarapuava, Toledo, Umuarama, Pato Branco, among others.
The vast majority of the markets will be served with ATR 72-600 aircraft, which have capacity for up to 70 passengers.
The company’s guidance for 2018 already outlines the addition of eight to 10 new destinations, representing less than five per cent of the capacity growth expected for this year.
Azul’s chief revenue officer, Abhi Shah said: “Azul is the only airline in the country that focuses on the development of the aviation market in all regions of Brazil, taking air service to places where it does not exist.
“By having a differentiated fleet, we are able to deploy the right aircraft in the right market. We are working closely with local officials in these areas to achieve the conditions necessary for us to operate.
“I would like to thank everyone for this joint work, and highlight that as soon as the airports are ready, our airplanes will be serving those locations.”
Azul offers 766 daily flights to 104 destinations. With an operating fleet of 122 aircraft, it has a network of 223 non-stop routes as of 31 December 2017.