Azul to launch Congonhas-Porto Seguro service

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Brazilian low-cost carrier Azul has selected Porto Seguro on Brazil's central Atlantic coast as its first destination from Sao Paulo Congonhas.

Earlier this year Azul, which is based at Campinas outside Sao Paulo, was authorised by ANAC to begin serving Congonhas in downtown Sao Paulo on weekends. Azul in a 29 January statement said it will initially link Congonhas with Porto Seguro but has not yet decided on a schedule or launch date.

Azul currently does not serve Port Seguro, a popular beach resort and historic town in the state of Bahia, or Congonhas. It currently serves 17 destinations throughout Brazil with a fleet of 15 Embraer E-190s and E-195s.

Slot controlled Congonhas is currently only served by Gol, TAM, Ocean Air and Pantanal, a small regional carrier which was acquired by TAM at the end of last year. Azul along with low-cost carrier Webjet and regional carrier NHT Linhas Aereas are now authorised to serve Congonhas during weekends, when the airport is not at full capacity.

According to Innovata, Gol and TAM both currently operate one daily flight on the Congonhas-Porto Seguro route.