Includes New Service To Five Cities
The United States and Brazil
recently concluded an agreement that will provide for a nearly 50
percent increase in passenger flights between the two countries as
well as eliminate restrictions on the number of airlines that can
provide US-Brazil air service, Transportation Secretary Mary Peters
"This agreement will help air carriers meet the growing demand
for passenger and cargo services between the United States and
Brazil," said Peters. "Now more than ever, it is crucial that we
give US carriers every possible opportunity to compete and succeed
wherever passengers want to fly."
Any number of US or Brazilian airlines now may fly between the
two countries, removing the previous limit of four carriers from
each side. The agreement also will, in four stages between July
2008 and October 2010, permit an increase in the number of weekly
US-Brazil passenger flights from 105 to 154 for each
country’s carriers, Secretary Peters added.
The agreement also will allow expanded air cargo services
between the United States and Brazil. The number of weekly cargo
flights may expand from 24 to 35 immediately, and to 42 in the year
2010. In addition, the agreement allows cargo charter flights to
increase from 750 per year to 1,000 immediately, and to 1,250 in
2010. US cargo companies also will be allowed to transfer freight
from aircraft to trucks for door-to-door delivery in Brazil.
Under the agreement, US carriers may serve five new cities in
Brazil -- Fortaleza, Curitiba and three others to be selected by
the United States. Currently, American Airlines, Continental
Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines provide service
between the United States and Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro.
The agreement also allows, for the first time, US and Brazilian
carriers to provide certain types of service on a code-share basis
with their partner airlines from third-countries.
The delegations agreed to apply the terms of the agreement on a
reciprocal basis until it enters into force.