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April 2, 2019

Air Travel: New Flights in Latin America

A number of new flights in Mexico and Brazil lead this week's air travel news affecting the meetings and events industry. 

This week Volaris announced a number of new flights to and from Cancun. From the United States, the airline added routes out of Albuquerque, Charlotte, Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky Airport, Miami, Milwaukee, San Francisco and St. Louis. Additionally, the airline added a number of new frequencies from Cancun to other cities in Mexico: two new frequencies to Aguascalientes, two León, six to Monterrey, two to San Luis Potosi, one to Tuxtla Gutiérrez and one to Tijuana. All of the new frequencies will begin operating in November.

In South America, Virgin Atlantic announced plans to launch flights between London Heathrow and São Paulo, Brazil in 2020, marking the airline’s first entry into the continent. The airline will operate the nearly 12 hour flight on a Boeing 787 with Upper Class, Premium and Economy Delight, Classic and Light service. 

In Europe, this week Air France announced plans to launch its La Première service on the Paris - Charles de Gaulle - Atlanta route for the first time, operating A380 aircraft with four cabins. La Première offers customers tailored, personalized service. The new service officially begins March 31. 

Finally, in technology news, this week JetBlue and Collins Aerospace debuted biometric self-boarding gates at New York - JFK airport. Called SelfPass, the new gates allow passengers to board international flights through one gate in Terminal 5 via a more streamlined boarding process. No registration is required; travelers step up to a camera for a facial match against their travel document. 

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