American Airlines has applauded the United States and
Brazilian governments for finalizing an Open Skies agreement that
will allow for increased air services between the two countries.
“We applaud the U.S. Departments of State and Transportation and
the Brazilian Ministry of Transport for taking this important step
to enhance the U.S.-Brazil aviation relationship,” said Nate Gatten, American’s senior vice president – Government Affairs. “We
commend Secretary Pompeo, Secretary Chao and their teams for their
leadership and commitment to finalizing this agreement. As the
leading U.S. carrier in Latin America, American has long advocated
for an Open Skies policy between the U.S. and Brazil. This agreement will strengthen economic ties between the U.S. and
Brazil and deliver significant benefits for consumers.”
U.S.-Brazil Open Skies could well pave the way for the U.S. Department
of Transportation to approve American’s proposed joint business
with LATAM Airlines Group.
The American-LATAM joint business,
which was announced in January 2016, will cover all travel between
the U.S. and Canada and Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru
The joint business previously received
regulatory approval from Brazil in October 2017, Colombia in May
2017 and Uruguay in November 2016.
American has served
Brazil for 28 years and today has nearly 600 team
members in Brazil and operates more than 70 weekly flights to Rio de
Janeiro (GIG), Sao Paulo (GRU), Manaus (MAO), Belo Horizonte (CNF)
and Brasilia (BSB) from American’s hubs in Miami (MIA),
Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX).