Three major US airlines – US Airways, Delta and American Airlines – are expected to share the newly available 28 weekly flight frequencies between the US and Brazilian city of Sao Paulo over the next 2 years.
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has ruled that the 14 flight frequencies to Sao Paulo that will be available from October 1, 2013 will be shared between American Airlines (for flights from Los Angeles) and Delta (for flights from its Atlanta hub).
The 14 flight frequencies to Sao Paulo that will become available from October 1, 2014 will be shared between US Airways (for flights from its Charlotte hub) and Delta (for flights from Detroit).
US Airways will continue to operate its existing flights between Charlotte and Sao Paulo, which it launched on June 8, 2013, using temporary frequencies leased from another carrier. The arrangement will become permanent after the DOT draft ruling, announced on June 20, is approved after the 10-day consultation period.
According to website RoutesOnLine, this is the first time in nearly a decade that DOT has been able to allocate frequencies to Brazil. The flights come before the implementation of the full Open Skies Agreement between the 2 countries is implemented in 2015.