Uruguay's Pluna has confirmed plans to launch services to Viracopos airport in the Sao Paulo suburb of Campinas.
Pluna says in a statement today that it will begin serving Campinas from its Montevideo base on 20 December with six weekly flights. Pluna says it plans to codeshare with Brazil's TAM on the route.
Both TAM and Pluna already codeshare between Montevideo Sao Paulo Guarulhos, a route both carriers operate. Pluna now serves Guarulhos with three daily flights and says the new Campinas flight is in response to growing demand in Sao Paulo state for services to Uruguay.
Pluna says ticket sales in Sao Paulo were up 60% in August through October compared to last year. It says sales are already strong in the Campinas region but these passengers are now being forced to travel to Guarulhos. There are currently no direct flights between Campinas and Montevideo.
Campinas is a major domestic airport and is the main base for fast-growing carriers Azul and TRIP. The airport has also started to attract more international traffic, including Portuglal's TAP, which launched a service from Lisbon to Campinas earlier this year.
Campinas will be Pluna's seventh Brazilian destination, joining Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Florianópolis, Foz do Iguazú and Rio de Janeiro. Earlier this month ATI reported that Pluna, which operates a fleet of 10 Bombardier CRJ900s, was looking to further grow its Brazilian network in response to strong demand from Brazil with Campinas, Brasilia and Belo Horizonte under evaluation as potential new destinations.