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In the early hours of Monday (Dec. 16), RIOgaleão Airport received the inaugural flight of Amaszonas Airlines connecting the capital of Santa Cruz de La Sierra, Bolivia. The aircraft, which took off from the Bolivian city at 9 pm on Sunday (15), was greeted with the traditional baptism ceremony shortly after 1 am.

The company’s flights between Rio de Janeiro and Santa Cruz de La Sierra will take place three times a week. The stretch is made with an Embraer 190 aircraft, with a capacity of 112 passengers.

RIOgaleão Routing Development Manager Philipe Karat points out that the aviation market between Brazil and Bolivia has grown 50% in the last five years. “The arrival of this new operation contributes to our international strategy, mainly because it connects with other important cities and destinations in South America,” he explains.

Largest and most populous Bolivian city, Santa Cruz de La Sierra gives access to highways and airports that connect tourists with other destinations in the region. The municipality can be the starting point for those wishing to visit places like Salar de Uyuni, the famous salt desert in southwest Bolivia, as well as Cusco and Machu Picchu, Peru, from flights from the same Amaszonas.