Gol announced (13-Mar-2012) it has made a formal request to the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) to operate regular services between Brazil, Venezuela and the US. Gol will operate five times weekly São Paulo Guarulhos-Caracas-Miami service with Boeing 737 equipment if it receives approval. [more - original PR]
Gol submits request to operate regular services to the US
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