The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded US Airways with permanent rights to operate daily, year-round service between Sao Paulo, Brazil and the airline’s largest hub in Charlotte, N.C.
"US Airways expresses its gratitude to Secretary LaHood, Assistant Secretary Kurland and their staffs at the DOT for their recognition of the benefits of the new service for consumers and shippers throughout the Carolinas and beyond," said Vice President, Legal and Government Affairs Howard Kass. "US Airways is delighted to have the new Charlotte-Sao Paulo service made permanent and underscores how important Charlotte is to the US Airways network.”
When the awarded rights are finalized, US Airways will be able to maintain Charlotte to Sao Paulo service on a permanent basis.
“Our new service from Charlotte, the U.S.' second largest financial center, provides our customers in more than 85 communities with easy one-stop access to South America's most important business market,” Kass added.
The airline's service between Charlotte and Sao Paulo's Guarulhos International Airport, which began June 8, 2013, uses temporary frequencies leased from another carrier.