Orlando Gains Rio Route

TAM Airlines has launched a new seven-day-a-week, non-stop service from Orlando to
Rio de Janeiro.  TAM already served Sao Paulo from Orlando.

Dr Jason Pirozzolo, Vice-Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority commented, “For the second time in the past four years we are proud to welcome an inaugural flight from Brazil to Orlando International Airport.  To date, TAM has flown 330,000 travellers to our region.  This one new route alone will bring more than $169 million in annual economic impact to our area, creating jobs and strengthening business connections.  It also helps other local companies to enter the growing Brazilian market.

“Combined with TAM’s two other daily flights, their total combined economic impact is
more than half a billion dollars, which highlights the importance of bringing more international travel to Central Florida.”

TAM will serve the route using A330-200 aircraft.  Each aircraft is capable of carrying 223
passengers; four in first class, 24 in business class and 195 in economy class.

Orlando Airport points out that international passenger traffic made up approximately 10% of the airport’s overall traffic last year with a record 3,502,584 international travellers.  So far this year international traffic is up nearly 10% over the previous record.