Gol applies to add flights from Campinas-Viracopos

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Brazilian low-cost carrier Gol has applied to Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) to expand its operations at Campinas-Viracopos International airport near Sao Paulo, the base of domestic rival Azul-Trip.

Gol says it plans to begin six new daily flights from the airport from 1 September. Five of these will be to Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont and the remaining flight will be to Brasilia.

"With the expansion project at Campinas airport, we identified an opportunity for the company to grow in the region, absorbing the demand from cities such as Limeira, Jundiai, Piracicaba, Itu and Sorocaba, among others," says Eduardo Bernardes, Gol's commercial officer.

Gol already operates an extensive number of flights out of Sao Paulo Congonhas and Guarulhos International airports. It flies non-stop to Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba and Rio de Janeiro Galeao International airport from Campinas-Viracopos.

"Our aim is not to get passengers from Sao Paulo to depart via Viracopos, but to make the entire network of the company and its partners available to customers from Campinas and the region," says Bernardes.

The airline is looking at offering bus services from some of the cities near Campinas-Viracopos to make it more convenient for passengers to get to the airport, he adds.

Azul-Trip, Brazil's third largest carrier, is based at the airport, where they operate more than 700 flights weekly combined, schedules in Innovata show.