GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes has filed a formal request with Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) to expand its operations at Viracopos-Campinas International Airport, which is located in the city of Campinas near São Paulo.
The Brazilian carrier ‒ which says it is the largest low-cost, low-fare airline in Latin America ‒ expects to begin operating six new daily round-trips from Viracopos-Campinas International Airport (IATA code VCP) on September 1.
Of the six round-trips, five would be to Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport (SDU) and one to Brasilia International Airport – Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek (BSB), which serves Brazil’s national capital Brasilia.
“With the expansion project at Campinas airport, we identified an opportunity for the company to grow in the region, absorbing the demand from cities such as Limeira, Jundiai, Piracicaba, Itu and Sorocaba, among others,” says Eduardo Bernardes, Gol’s chief commercial officer.
“Our aim is not to get passengers from São Paulo to depart via Viracopos, but to make the entire network of the company and its partners available to customers from Campinas and the region,” adds Bernardes.
“In order to do this, we are already analyzing the possibility of offering buses departing from some of the cities located near Campinas, to facilitate the arrival at the airport,” says Bernardes. “This measure will provide a comfortable, safe and practical arrival of our customers, as all the buses will be equipped with Wi-Fi, and the client may, for example, make the check-in.”
GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes already operates from Campinas to Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba and Rio de Janeiro-Galeao.
From these airports GOL passengers can reach all of the carrier’s other destinations on its connecting flights.
Viracopos-Campinas International Airport is the home base and major hub of Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, the airline founded by David Neeleman after he left the helm at JetBlue Airways.