Gol studies flights to Nigeria

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Brazilian low-cost carrier Gol is looking at launching flights to Nigeria, which will add a third continent to the airline's network if it goes ahead.

The carrier says that it is "constantly evaluating opportunities to add value to its business and benefit its clients" and is "studying the possibility" of opening a new route between Brazil and Nigeria.

It would operate the flight with its Boeing 737 aircraft, says Gol, adding that it will make further announcements if it decides to launch the flights.

Gol flies mostly domestically and within Latin America, and to Miami and Orlando in the USA.

No airline operates between Brazil and Nigeria, schedules in Innovata show.

At least three airlines fly non-stop between Latin America and Africa. South African Airways operates thrice weekly between Buenos Aires and Johannesburg, Angola's TAAG offers flights to Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Havana from Luanda, while island nation Cape Verde's national flag carrier TACV Cabo Verde Airlines flies weekly between Praia in Cape Verde and Fortaleza in northeastern Brazil.

Ethiopian plans to launch service between Addis Ababa and Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo via Lome, Togo, on 1 July.