The US carrier American Airlines is looking to strengthen its connectivity to Brazil, particularly to São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport (GRU). Yesterday, American Airlines increased its daily capacity between Miami International Airport (MIA) and São Paulo, and it is only getting started.

New capacity and frequencies

On Monday, October 31, American Airlines increased its weekly connectivity between Miami and São Paulo. The airline is now operating two daily flights and expects to increase its capacity furthermore between December 16 and January 9, 2023, operating three daily flights. Following these increases in capacity, American Airlines will operate five daily flights between US cities and Brazil’s main hub, Guarulhos. The carrier will operate three daily services to Miami and one daily flight to New York JFK Airport (JFK) and Dallas Fort Worth (DFW).

An American Airlines aircraft

Photo: Lukas Souza | Simple Flying.

This weekend, American resumed its seasonal flight between Rio de Janeiro (GIG) and New York (JFK), which will operate three times a week until March 26, strengthening its presence in the city. And for the first time in Rio, the airline will fly the Boeing 787-9 on its GIG-MIA route, replacing the 787-8 and providing an additional 51 seats per flight. With these new frequencies, American will increase from 38 to 45 weekly operations from December 16, 2022, to January 9, 2023.

Gonzalo Schames, American Airlines Director for South America and Strategic Partnerships, said that the company is very excited to offer even more options for its customers in Brazil with additional frequencies to its hubs in the United States, including Miami, New York, and Dallas/Fort Worth. Alexandre Cavalcanti, Regional Sales Director for Brazil and Uruguay, added, “we are happy to strengthen our presence in Brazil, with our capacity increasing by 65% compared to 2021, thanks to our new frequencies and larger aircraft.”

An American Airlines aircraft

Photo: Lukas Souza | Simple Flying.

American Airlines’ interest in Latin America

The carrier American Airlines has a strong presence in Latin America, connecting with destinations all over the region from its hubs in Miami and Dallas, mainly. This winter season alone, American Airlines’ schedule will be 24.3% bigger than its pre-COVID schedule, offering over 2,000 weekly flights to 93 destinations in the region.

For instance, American Airlines recently resumed its seasonal flight from Miami to Montevideo Carrasco International Airport (MVD) in Uruguay, operating three flights per week. In November, American Airlines will fully benefit from the US’ relaxation of travel rules to Cuba by launching services to five destinations in this Caribbean country. American will service Holguín (HOG), Santa Clara (SNU), Santiago (SCU), Varadero (VRA), and Camagüey (CMW), all from MIA, in addition to Havana (HAV). Also this month, American will resume its operations to Managua (MGA), Nicaragua, completing its network in the region.

In the first three quarters of 2022, American Airlines had US$4.35 billion in revenue from the Latin American market. This is the second-highest revenue behind the domestic segment. Additionally, during the third quarter alone, Latin America created US$1.59 billion in revenue, with a passenger load factor of 87.4% (the biggest among all the company’s markets) and the second-highest yields, behind the domestic market.

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