US Department of Transportation (DoT) proposed (20-Jun-2013) new or expanded US carrier rights from Atlanta, Charlotte, Detroit and Los Angeles to Sao Paulo, Brazil. The proposed rights would go to American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and US Airways. Comments on the proposed decision are due by 30-Jun-2013, and answers to comments by 07-Jul-2013. After the comment period, the DoT will prepare a final decision. The additional rights are the result of a US-Brazil agreement reached in Mar-2011. The agreement provided for a phase-in of new air service opportunities until Oct-2015, after which all restrictions on air routes, destinations and fares between the two countries will be lifted. The DoT proposed the following rights:
- American Airlines: New daily Los Angeles-Sao Paulo service;
- Delta Air Lines: Increased Atlanta-Sao Paulo frequency from daily to twice-daily. Continuation of daily Detroit-Sao Paulo service;
- US Airways: Continuation of daily Charlotte-Sao Paulo service.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said: "New air services to Brazil will provide important benefits for thousands of Americans and for tourists coming to the US. We look forward to additional opportunities for US-Brazil air service when full Open Skies takes effect in two years.” [more - original PR]