MIA celebrates launch of São Paulo service by Avianca Brasil

The daily service marks airline’s first passenger route to a U.S. destination

On June 26, officials from Miami-Dade County, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) and Avianca Brasil gathered at Miami International Airport to celebrate the launch of the airline’s daily Miami-São Paulo service, marking Avianca Brasil’s first passenger route to a U.S. destination and only its second outside of South America.

«I commend the MIA team for continually attracting new international air service to our community,» said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. «It is especially encouraging to see increased service from our top international market of Brazil, which had a downturn in travel last year.»

The June 26 celebration included a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, commemorative cake and refreshments with passengers, and a water-cannon salute from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue before Avianca Brasil’s Monday departure to São Paulo.

Avianca Brasil’s first Miami-bound flight left Sao Paulo (GRU) on Friday, June 23, at 11:55 p.m. and landed at MIA at 7:25 a.m. on Saturday, June 24. The new daily nonstop passenger flights are serviced by Airbus A330-200 aircraft that seat 238 passengers.

«We are honored that Avianca Brasil has chosen to expand its operations at MIA, and also make Miami its first passenger route outside of South America,» said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. «While we continue to pursue routes in untapped regions across the globe, we are also working to strengthen air service in our stronghold areas of Latin America and the Caribbean.»

MIA currently serves an average of 71 weekly non-stop passenger flights to eight cities in Brazil, which is the most of any U.S. airport. Avianca Brasil will be the airport’s third airline serving Brazil, MIA’s top international market in 2015 with more than 2.1 million total passengers.

«At Avianca Brasil, we are experiencing an exciting transition and new cycle of growth. We are building a stronger, more mature and more competitive carrier,» said Frederico Pedreira, Chief Executive Officer, Avianca Brasil. «Due to the large concentration of Brazilians visiting and living in South Florida, we decided to launch long-haul operations at this time because we understand that there are good business opportunities and a chance to provide high quality services to international travelers.»…

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