Sadly, Belo Horizonte will lose their only trans-continental carrier this fall, as American Airlines is pulling out on 30 September. They operated a daily 777-200ER service from Sao Paulo, that connected to their MIA
The destination has been served since the mid/late-90s from both GRU
at different times. The service cancelation is surprising, because it has usually been a healthy performer for AA
because of cargo traffic (which is why it used a 777). Passenger loads were usually decent, although yield was never great. One of the main reasons AA
is ending the service (other than the fact it is no longer making money) is that AA
wants to eventually put an end to LatAm tag on services (for example, they are starting MIA
-MVD non-stops in December and MIA
is not far off), and the US/Brazil air treaty, which is very strict, won't allow AA
to fly MIA
without acquiring hard to get US-Brazil slots. In the future, if the US-Brazil air treaty is laxed, I could definitley imagine AA
entering more Brazilian markets with 757s.
This is only the fourth LatAm destination (excluding Mexico) AA
has dropped since starting service to the region. The others were Porto Alegre, Brazil (served in mid-1990s as tag-on flight from GRU
; weak yield), Cuzco, Peru (served in 1998 as tag-on flight from LIM
; they had problems with the local facilities), and Barranquilla, Colombia (a destination acquired from Eastern but dropped in April 2002 because the Colombian Aviation Authority would only allow AA
to serve three Colombian cities, so they switched BAQ for MDE
would return in a heartbeat if they could).
It is one of three cities leaving the AA
network this fall, joining Duluth, Minnesota and Lincoln, Nebraska.