New GOL routes from Santos Dumont airport
GOL has received approval from Anac, the Brazilian civil aviation authority, to operate regular flights from Santos Dumont airport (Rio de Janeiro) to Belo Horizonte (Confins airport), Brasília and Vitória.
"In addition to satisfying increasing demand from business travellers, these new routes will provide a wide variety of connections, especially in Confins and Brasília, to other Brazilian destinations in GOL's network. This will allow for better distribution of schedules and more convenience, flexibility and comfort for our passengers," noted Wilson Maciel Ramos, vice president of planning and IT.
Flights to Vitória have begun with five daily frequencies. One of the daily flights connects Santos Dumont airport and Manaus, after stopovers in Vitória and Brasília. This is the only daytime, nonstop flight between Vitória and Manaus. The second daily flight connects Santos Dumont and Manaus via Brasília, bringing the total connections between Rio de Janeiro and the Amazonas state capital to two in addition to existing daily connections between Rio de Janeiro's Galeão airport and Manaus.
Additionally, with these new flights, GOL offers the highest number of daily frequencies (four) between Brasília and Manaus, and is the only airline offering morning flights from Manaus to the midwest region.
Beginning on 4 May 2009, GOL will launch direct flights from Santos Dumont airport to Belo Horizonte (Confins) and Brasília, two of the company's principal distribution hubs in Brazil, which will enable quick connections to cities across the country, including Salvador, Cuiabá, Goiânia, Palmas, Belém, Recife, Macapá, Boa Vista, São Luis and Marabá.
In addition to the new flights from Santos Dumont, GOL also offers several flight options between Galeão and Belo Horizonte, Brasília and Vitória. The company offers six daily flights to Brasília, four daily flights to Confins (Belo Horizonte) and two daily flights to Vitória, though a third frequency will be available beginning 15 May 2009.
"We are committed to maintaining and improving the number of flights and options offered through Rio de Janeiro and are always working to provide additional connections to other domestic and international destinations through Galeão," added Ramos. "In fact, beginning in May, we will offer more than 140 daily nonstop flights to more than 20 destinations."