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Gol resumes international expansion

Brazil's second largest airline Gol has announced the launch of a number of new regional international routes after a year of systematically reducing its international presence.

It will start operating new flights from Sao Paulo's Guarulhos International airport to Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia), Asunción (Paraguay) and Montevideo (Uruguay).

No information about weekly frequencies and exact launch dates was provided, but Gol typically chooses destinations which it can serve with a daily flight at least. According to a Gol spokesman, the new routes will be phased in "from late July to mid-August".

In recent years Gol had withdrawn from almost all international markets, with the exception of Argentina. It most recently dropped its route to Santiago, a market that will be dominated by newly merged LAN and TAM.

In addition to the new international destinations, Gol is also boosting its flights to Buenos Aires with new or additional frequencies from Campinas, Curitiba and Florianopolis, markets in which bankrupt Uruguayan carrier Pluna had a strong position.

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