SAO PAULO, Brazil–Low Cost Carrier Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras S.A. announced it has ordered an Airbus A-330 airliner to start flight operations between Sao Paulo (Viracopos Airport) and Fort Lauderdale, Florida and New York-JFK. David Neeleman the Azul’s CEO wants the airline to connect with both of JetBlue’s connecting hubs. The Brazilian newspaper “Folha de Sao Paulo” indicated that Azul’s service to the United States should start before the end of 2014. This will be the third Brazilian airline to operate to the U.S. after TAM Airlines (Miami, Orlando and New York-JFK) and GOL Airlines (Miami).
RIO DE JANEIRO,Brazil–Aeroportos do Futuro will be the company to bring Rio de Janeiro’s Galeao-Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport to the next level, to convert it in a “Super Mega Airport”. ADF is a consortium made up by the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht and the Singapore Changi Airport and will operate the Rio airport for 25 years. Aeroportos do Futuro will invest 1590 million dollars for the remodelling and expansion of Galeao. The first phase will include 26 new gates, a new ramp and a new car parking lot. This phase should be ready by January 2016. The second phase will include more boarding gates and a new runway. The Galeao-Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport is the second busiest aiport of Brazil (just after Sao Paulo-Guarulhos). For 2038 the airport is expected to handle up to 60 milllion passengers a year, from 17 million what handled in 2013. The aiport is located 13 miles from Rio’s downtown at the Ilha do Governador (Governor’s Island) on the shores of Guanabara Bay. TAM, GOL, Avianca and Azul are the primary Brazilian airlines that operate from Galeao.