Azul Airlines commenced service to its first European destination on 22 June, a 7,921-kilometre sector from Sao Paulo Viracopos (VCP) to Lisbon (
The airport pair will operate four times weekly on the Brazilian LCC’s 267-seat A330-200s. Although flights from Viracopos will not face any direct competition, TAP Portugal does offer 12 weekly services between the Portuguese capital and Sao Paulo Guarulhos. Lisbon becomes the third destination for the carrier outside of South America, with it also serving Orlando and Fort Lauderdale in the US from its Viracopos base. The launch also means that this is the first low-cost carrier operation between South America and Europe.