MIAMI – LATAM Brazil (JJ) has an optimistic outlook for the coming months, beefing up its network with new domestic and international flights.

The last addition to its schedule is the city of Comandatuba (UNA), previously served only by charter flights, which was shifted on a regular schedule, beginning August 1 with one weekly flight, after observing a rise in internal tourism travel and becoming the carrier’s 45th destination within Brazil.

With the addition of ten new routes, UNA being one of them, JJ is set to go beyond the average of 250 daily flights within Brazil for a total of 91 routes by the month of June and will strengthen its presence in Sao Paulo-Congonhas (CGH) as well as in the Northeast. Before the pandemic, JJ operated to 115 destinations.

LATAM Airbus A320. Photo: João Pedro Santoro/Airways.

LATAM Set to Reach 90% of Capacity


Diogo Elias, JJ Director of Sales, indicated that JJ intends to return to a 90% share of its capacity by December 2021 and the airline is moving in that direction by following with attention the shift in passengers profile and travel preferences.

"We will have more tourists visiting the Northeast and fewer business travelers on the Rio de Janeiro-Sao Paulo air bridge." Diogo Elias, LATAM Brazil Director of Sales Click To Tweet

“We will have more tourists visiting the Northeast and fewer business travelers on the Rio de Janeiro-Sao Paulo air bridge”, added Diogo Elias.

LATAM Brazil is presently operating at 49% of its capacity in Brazil when compared to pre-pandemic figures, a volume already higher than the 38% observed during April. In addition to domestic services, JJ is restarting flights from Sao Paulo-Guarulhos (GRU) to Cancun (CUN) from June 4 on the basis of two flights weekly increasing to three in July.

Flights to CUN will be operated by Boeing 767 aircraft seating 30 passengers in Premium and 191 in economy and the operation may be extended in accordance wityh the demand.

Latam Boeing 767-300 PT-MSY. Photo: Alberto Cucini/Airways

New Routes Announced


CGH to UNA: one weekly flight from August 1, operated on a 162-seater A320; to Fortaleza (FOR), 14 flights per week as of July 1 on an A319 and an A320, with 132 and 162 seats in economy respectively and eight in Premium; to Natal (NAT) seven flights/week as of July 1 on A320neo with 168 seats in economy and eight in Premium; to Maceio (MCZ) 11 flights/week as of July 1 on an A320 with 162 seats in economy and eight in Premium;

CGH to Recife (REC) with ten flights/week as of July 1 on an A319 and an A320 with 132 and 162 economy seats respectively and eight in Premium.

Rio de Janeiro- Galeao (GIG) to REC 12 flights/week as of July 1 on an A320 with 162 economy seats and eight Premium; to NAT seven flights/week as of July 1 on an A320 and an A321 seating 162 and 208 in economy respectively with eight in Premium; to MCZ seven flights/week as of July 1 on an A320 seating 162 in economy with eight in Premium.

From FOR to Belem (BEL) seven flights/week as of July 1 on A320 and A321 seating 162 and 208 in economy respectively with eight in Premium; to Teresina (THE) seven flights/week as of July 1 on an A320 seating 162 in economy with eight in Premium; to Manaus (MAO) seven flights/week as of July 1 on an A320 and an A321 seating 162 and 230 in economy respectively with eight in Premium.

Finally, flights to Chapeco (XAP), Ribeirao Preto (RAO), and Joinville (JOI) will be operated from GRU instead of CGH from July 1.


Featured image: LATAM Airbus A320neo CC-BHA. Photo: Otto Kirchof/Airways