DOT tentatively awards new Brazil route rights to three airlines

By Bill Poling
The Transportation Department tentatively decided to award new Brazil route rights to American Airlines and Delta this year, and to Delta and US Airways in 2014.

The proposed decision would appear to mark the final allocation of U.S.-Brazil route rights before government capacity restrictions are removed in 2015.

Until then, a weekly cap on departures remains in place, and capacity increases for U.S. carriers are limited to 14 additional flights this October, followed by 14 more in October 2014.

For this year’s increase, the DOT granted rights to American for a new daily service from Los Angeles to Sao Paulo, and to Delta for a second daily flight from Atlanta to Sao Paulo.

For 2014, the DOT said it plans to award seven frequencies to US Airways, which will enable the airline to continue operating its recently launched Charlotte-Sao Paulo service, which is making temporary use of a frequency allocation borrowed from United.

Also for 2014, the DOT said it will award seven frequencies to Delta that will enable it to maintain its Detroit-Sao Paulo service, which is also making use of temporary authority.
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