Dow Jones Newswires/Fox Business, 05/24/2013
Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes (GOLL4.BR, GOL) said Friday it is seeking to double the number of flights it operates out of Viracopos airport, the privately-controlled airport currently undergoing a sizable expansion.
Gol, Brazil’s second-biggest airline by market share, said in a regulatory filing it is seeking regulatory approval to operate six more flights out of Viracopos airport, located in the city of Campinas about 100 kilometers north of Sao Paulo.
Viracopos was handed over to private operators last year as part of the Brazilian government’s move to increase airport investment, especially ahead of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. The airport, which currently serves as a hub for regional carrier Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras, could become Brazil’s biggest airport in about two decades if all the expansions proposed by the government ahead of the handover are carried out.