New routes from Miami to Salvador, Recife and Belo Horizonte
American Airlines, Inc.
OST-2008-0229 – Allocation of 11 Weekly Combination Frequencies (US-Brazil)
July 16, 2008
Application for Allocation of 11 Weekly Combination Frequencies – Bookmarked
Hereby applies for the allocation of 11 U.S.-Brazil weekly combination frequencies in order to operate the following routes on a yearround basis, starting November 2, 2008:
• Miami‑Salvador‑Recife‑Miami (daily)
• Miami‑Belo Horizonte‑Miami (4 times/week)
American proposes to use 225-seat B767-300ER aircraft (30C/195Y) for this service. American holds exemption authority to serve between U.S. points and Salvador, Recife, and Belo Horizonte by Notice of Action Taken, DOT-OST-1996-1353, March 22, 2008.
As recited in the Department’s Notice, on June 26, 2008, the United States and Brazil agreed to an additional 21 weekly combination frequencies for U.S. carriers for operations to the North, Northeast, and Midwest regions of Brazil and/or Belo Horizonte, effective immediately. American’s application for service to Salvador, Recife, and Belo Horizonte is consistent with the new agreement. Salvador (Bahia State) and Recife (Pernambuco State) are located in the Northeast region and Belo Horizonte is specifically authorized as an eligible point.
The Department’s policy is to grant limited-entry authority to carriers with firm service plans. See Notice of Action Taken, DOT-OST-2007-28057, June 29, 2007. American has firm plans to operate the Salvador, Recife, and Belo Horizonte service starting November 2, 2008. Our request for the allocation of 11 weekly combination frequencies is consistent with the amended U.S.-Brazil Air Transport Agreement and with the public interest, and should be granted on an expedited basis.
source: Daily Airline Filings
UPDATE: 04 Aug 08
Office of the Spokesman
June 27, 2008
United States and Brazil Agree to Expand Air Services
The United States and Brazil have reached agreement on a package of significant liberalization measures in our air transportation relations, which will strengthen and expand our already strong trade and tourism links with this important Latin American partner. The agreement will provide for a nearly 50 percent increase in passenger flights between the two countries and eliminate a number of restrictions on U.S.-Brazil air service. The agreement was initialed on June 26, after three days of negotiations in Washington between a Brazilian delegation, led by Ronaldo Seroa da Motta, Director of the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil, and a U.S. delegation, led by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, which included officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Any number of U.S. or Brazilian airlines may now serve the market. The agreement will permit additional weekly flights, phased in over the next four years, from 105 to 154 for each country’s carriers. Under the new accord, U.S. and Brazilian carriers for the first time will be able to provide some services on a code-share basis with their third-country partner airlines. The agreement also allows U.S. carriers to serve five new cities in Brazil, including Fortaleza and Curitiba.
The agreement will further expand air cargo services between our countries. The number of weekly cargo flights allowed will increase from 24 to 35 immediately and to 42 in the year 2010. In addition, both sides agreed to increase the number of cargo charter flights from 750 to 1000 immediately and to 1250 by 2010. Intermodal rights were also granted, which will permit U.S. cargo companies to provide door-to-door service in Brazil.
Both countries intend to meet again before the end of 2010 to discuss further expansion of air service opportunities and to continue to work on eliminating restrictions on carrier operations.
Questions concerning this agreement may be directed to Ms. Terri Robl, Director, Office of Aviation Negotiations, U.S. Department of State, telephone: 202-647-5843.
Released on June 27, 2008
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