Brazil’s Azul adds new domestic destinations

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Brazil's third largest airline Azul has announced new routes that will reinforce its presence in the country's fast-growing Northeast, as it will start serving Joao Pessoa and Maceió from Salvador de Bahia with ATR 72-600 aircraft operated by its merger partner Trip.

According to the route authorisation petitions presented to Brazil's civil aviation authority (ANAC), starting 1 December, Trip will start flying two daily frequencies on both routes under Azul's code.

Additionally, on 22 October, Trip will start flying a daily direct round trip between Vitoria da Reconquista and Belo Horizonte (Confins), to which Azul will add a second daily frequency on 4 December.

With these routes, Azul and Trip are effectively integrating their mutual networks and commercialisation system, although until they receive the final go-ahead from Brazil's competition watchdog CADE, both organisations must remain separate. However, after the recent approval of Webjet's acquisition by Gol Linhas Aereas, no major regulatory obstacles are expected on Azul's merger with Trip, which will unify both brands under the Azul name.