Brazil's Gol confirms planned Miami route

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Brazil's Gol has confirmed plans to launch its first flight to the US in the second half of this year, with a Boeing 737-800 operated route to Miami.

Gol's CEO Constantino de Oliveira Jr confirmed during a local tourism event that his company plans to operate from Sao Paulo Guarulhos to Miami with an intermediate stop in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela allows airlines from most South American countries to carry local traffic on international routes beyond Caracas.

According to de Oliveira, the authorisation process will take some time, so the route will likely not be launched before July.

While he confirmed that Gol passengers could connect to Delta Air Lines flights in Miami, he was clear about Gol's alliance plans: "We definitely have no plan to join a global alliance."

In late 2011, Delta acquired a minority stake in Gol.