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The Senate approved on March 6, the international open skies agreement
on air transport between Brazil and the United States. 
The Agreement provides that air transport companies in both countries
may undertake international air transportation to any point in the 
other country. The agreement does not, however, allow an airline of one 
country to operate domestic flights in the other country
(cabotage flight).

The opening or closing of new areas routes between Brazil and the 
United States will be free, according to the decision of the companies,
without limit of weekly flights.
In practice this limit of flights and tariff freedom was no longer 
applied by either side because of a memorandum of understanding 
between the two countries. The approval of the open skies agreement
only solidifies the practice.

Latam Airlines CEO Jerome Cadier commented on the approval:
"The Open Skies will encourage increased international air operations
between our country and the United States, providing passengers with
more travel options, destinations and connections, as well as better

It is worth remembering that Latam had a special interest in approving
the agreement, without which it has no way of following up on the
commercial agreement it intends to make with American Airlines.

On the other hand,the president of Avianca Brasil, Frederico Pedreira,
pondered that "There are many limitations that the airlines in Brazil
 have that the American ones do not have. If you open today there will
 be a difference of competitiveness that will not benefit Brazil. "