The American Airlines Group showered praise upon the Brazilian Senate for giving its go ahead to the Open Skies agreement with the United States.
Two years ago, American proposed a joint business arrangement with the LATAM Airlines Group of Brazil, which would cover travel between the U.S. and Canada and Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. The same pact would also benefit air travellers through reduced airfares and better connectivity.
Regulatory approval was given by Uruguay in November 2016, then by Colombia in May 2017. Brazil gave their nod in October 2017.
An Open Skies agreement is a prerequisite before the U.S. Department of Transportation gives its green light.
“American has long advocated for the approval of an Open Skies policy between the U.S. and Brazil,” said Doug Parker, American Airlines Chairman and CEO.
“Open Skies agreements have proven to increase travel choices and enhance competition, resulting in greater benefits for consumers and positively impacting economic growth. American applauds the actions of the Brazilian Congress to approve this Open Skies agreement with the U.S., paving the way for the approval and implementation of our joint business with LATAM,” Parker added.