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Route between Brasilia and Cancun could disappear by next February.

GOL Linhas Aereas, the Boeing 737-only operator in Brazil, operates one of the longest non-stop commercial services, the 3,664-mile Boeing 737 MAX route between Brasilia International Airport (BSB) and Cancun International Airport (CUN). 

Bye-bye, direct route to Cancun?

GOL currently operates twice-weekly flights between Brasilia and Cancun using Boeing 737 MAX. The airline previously operated passenger flights between these two cities three times a week, and services have already been curtailed.

It is a direct flight of 3,664 miles (5,897 kilometers) and takes about seven and a half hours. This is one of the longest flight hours currently in service on Boeing’s MAX family of jets.

GOL plans to reduce this route to daily flights within the next month, according to Cirium. By February next year, it appears that the only direct flight to Mexico offered by GOL is no longer planned, meaning the Brazilian airline could consider scrapping it. Simple Flying has reached out to GOL Linhas Aéreas for comment. The airline couldn’t be reached at once for comment. If that changes, we can help you know.

Temporary route?

Brazilian media company Aeroin reported that the Brasilia-Cancun route has suffered from declining demand throughout the year. In May, at the height of the Brazilian winter, service to Brasilia showed a 98% load factor. This is an impressive number for international flights in a post-COVID environment.

Nonetheless, his 2022 average utilization for this line was 81%, as utilization dropped sharply to 65% in September. The Brasilia-Cancun service may be temporary, although the airline has not yet announced it. It recently decreed that Brazilian citizens must have a valid visa to visit the country. The Mexican government said the decision was to “ensure safe, orderly, and regular migration and combat international organized crime groups that profit from migrant smuggling and human trafficking.” Nevertheless, the introduction of visa requirements always affects the tourism sector.

Boeing 737 MAX Longest non-stop routes

GOL Linyas Aereas operates some of the longest non-stop routes aboard the Boeing 737 MAX. In fact, the Brasilia-Cancun route is his third longest in the world, after his GOL route from Brasilia to Orlando (6,000 km) and the Argentine Air Route from Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (3,728 km). Root.

According to Cirium, the longest non-stop routes operated by the Boeing 737 MAX in October are: Due to high demand, the airline has recently expanded capacity on this route.

Aerolíneas Argentinas (AR):

Ezeiza-Punta Cana (3,728 miles)

GOL (G3):

Brasilia-Cancun (3,663 miles)

TUIfly Nordic (6B):

Stockholm-Boa Vista Island (3,636 miles)

Icelandair ( FI):

Reykjavik – Seattle (3,622 miles)

GOL (G3):

Brasilia – Miami (3,598 miles)

Icelandair (FI):

Reykjavik – Orlando (3,534 miles)

Copa Airlines (CM):

Panama – Montevideo (3,384 miles)

Turkish Airlines (TK):

Istanbul – Dar es Salaam (5,377 miles)

Turkish Airlines (TK):

Istanbul – Pointe Noire (5,344 miles).