American Airlines will expand its flights to Galeão Airport, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, starting in October. According to the airline, the route from New York (JFK) will go from three weekly flights to a daily frequency.
In addition, the carrier will begin a daily flight from Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, where its largest hub is located.
The two routes are seasonal and will operate between October 28th and March 30th, 2025.
The flight between New York and Rio will be carried out with the Boeing 777-200 with capacity for 272 passengers, while the route from Dallas will be operated by the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, with 234 seats.
“We are proud and excited to launch daily service between Dallas-Fort Worth and Rio de Janeiro and further expand our local operation with more flights to New York City,” said Alexandre Cavalcanti, American Airlines Commercial Director for North America. South.
“American Airlines consolidates itself as the largest US airline operating in Brazil, offering our customers a robust network to fly and connect in the United States,” he added.
Demand on the rise
According to the airline, the number of seats available from Rio de Janeiro will increase by 23% compared to the previous year. In addition to the two cities, American also flies daily to Miami, Florida.
“We are happy with the expansion announced by American Airlines, which reflects the confidence in our city and the strategic importance of Rio de Janeiro as a hub and gateway to Brazil. The addition of daily flights to Dallas-Fort Worth and the increase in operations to New York strengthen our international connectivity, boosting tourism and economic development,” said Patrick Fehring, Director of Air Business at RIOgaleão, operator of the Brazilian airport.
Rio de Janeiro’s largest airport is experiencing a moment of recovery after years of low demand caused by the pandemic and also by the increase in flights from Santos Dumont Airport, in the central region of the city.
In 2023, Tom Jobim Airport, as it is called, was the 8th busiest airport in Brazil, but it has been among the three largest airports in the past.