29 June 2008

Brazil and the United States agree to air capacity and routes expansion

In a statement dated 26 June 2008 the US Secretary of Transportation, Mary Peters, has announced an expansion of the air services arrangements between Brazil and the United States of America. Allowable airline capacity is increased by just under 50%, five new destinations are made available in Brazil for US airlines and some third-country code sharing is permitted. Some further detail is given in a media note issued on 27 June 2008 by the US State Department.

Brazil is one of an increasingly small number of major markets that the USA has not been able to gain agreement to "open skies" arrangements. Other notable ones are Japan and China.

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