Starting July 1, the Brazilian low-cost carrier will add three weekly flights to its daily nonstop schedule between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Sao Paulo/Campinas Airport.
The extra flights are expected to operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, an airport spokesman said.
Nearly six months ago, Azul — Brazil’s largest airline based on cities served — extended international operations to the U.S. with flights between Fort Lauderdale and Sao Paulo on Dec. 2 followed by service from Orlando on Dec. 15.
From December through March, Azul carried 68,524 passengers in and out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the latest airport records show.
“The flights have been doing well so far,” Azul Founder and CEO David Neeleman told North Miami-based airline industry website Airways News. “Brazilians love America. They really love South Florida, and they love to travel.”
On Nov. 16, Azul will also launch new service between Orlando international Airport and Belo Horizonte — its second hub destination in Brazil.
“We’re so excited to have received such a warm welcome since our first Orlando flight six months ago and we look forward to welcoming US travelers to Belo Horizonte,” Neeleman said in a statement announcing the new route.
Between Nov. 16 and Dec. 13, the Orlando-Belo Horizonte flight will operate five times a week, with departures from Orlando at 8:15pm for arrival in Brazil at 7:35 a.m. the next morning. Effective Dec, 14, the new service will operate daily.