Earlier this month, we highlighted Brazil as a destination where you can save on travel in 2015. That's in no small part due to airlines adding routes to Brazil from Florida. One of those carriers is Azul Brazilian Airlines. The third-largest Brazilian carrier just received approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration to start selling seats on its first international flights to and from the United States.
Azul, which is Portugese for "blue," will start daily flights between Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and São Paulo on Dec. 2. Daily service between Orlando and São Paolo will commence Dec. 15. Both routes will feature the Airbus A330-200 wide-body aircraft. The airline announced that round-trip fares for the new routes will start at $888. According to the airline, U.S. travelers will fly in and out of Azul's new $1.5 billion terminal at the São Paulo/Campinas airport. Customers will be able to connect there to other popular Brazilian destinations, including Rio de Janeiro and Iguaca Falls.
In 2008 David Neeleman, who founded U.S. carrier JetBlue, launched Azul Brazilian Airlines and serves as the carrier's CEO.
"Azul is the one airline that truly serves all of Brazil. With 104 destinations throughout the country, Azul unites Brazil with convenient and frequent connections from Campinas," said Neeleman in a statement. "We now look forward to providing U.S. customers with our superior service on international flights, just as we have been doing today on our 850 daily domestic flights."
To buy tickets, visit the Azul website.