Low-cost Brazilian carrier Gol now plans to operate its first flights to the USA via Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, instead of Caracas in Venezuela.
The carrier previously said that it planned to launch its first US flights via an intermediate stop in Caracas, but a Gol spokesperson says that the carrier's application to secure approval to operate via Caracas have taken "longer than expected".
As a result, Gol has asked for approval to operate the flights via Santo Domingo instead, she says.
The carrier will launch the daily flights from Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to Orlando and Miami, via Santo Domingo, by the end of 2012.
"The flights will arrive in Santo Domingo [Las Americas Airport], where passengers will be transferred to flights to their final destinations, Orlando and Miami," says Gol, which operates Boeing 737 aircraft.