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Brazilian airline Azul begins on May 4 operations for Europe, with non-stop flights departing from Viracopos International Airport in Campinas (SP), to Lisbon.

The route will have three weekly flights, reaching six in the high season. In the Portuguese capital, TAP will be responsible for connections to 35 countries after codeshare agreement (codeshare) signed in October.

Azul sent to Brazilian and Portuguese airport authorities the application for authorization for the operation. The last non-stop service from a national company to the European country was operated for ten years.

Blue international routes include flights between Sao Paulo and Fort Lauderdale / Miami, since December 2014; and Belém (PA) to Cayenne (French Guiana), since August 2015.

The company operates more than 900 daily flights to about 100 destinations. With a fleet of 140 aircraft and more than 10,000 employees, the company is responsible for one third of total landings in the country.