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The DOT under its agreement with their Brazilian counterpart has opened up new frequencies for bidding. Starting on 2/15 and going for 15 days carriers can submit bids to the DOT for routes starting on October 1, 2013

14 frequencies to anywhere in Brazil

14 frequencies to anywhere in Brazil excluding San Paulo

and

14 frequencies to anywhere in Brazil excluding San Paulo and Rio de Janeiro

For routes starting on October 1, 2014

14 frequencies to anywhere in Brazil excluding San Paulo

and

21 frequencies to anywhere in Brazil excluding San Paulo and Rio de Janeiro

According to the DOT Docket no applications have been filed. I imagine that will change at least for the 14 frequencies that equal two daily flights to anywhere in Brazil. Currently most US airlines operate red-eyes in both directions. This allocation would allow them to run day flights on that route and increase aircraft utilization as the planes currently sit on the ground all day in Brazil. Delta may take some of the more restrictive slots as they tend to start any route they can think of (and drop it less than a year later, but that’s another post).

You can find the DOT docket on Regulations.gov, here

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=DOT-OST-1998-20

Happy Flying!

Colpuck

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