TAM gets go ahead on domestic network

TAM will begin operating its new domestic air network on December
21, in compliance with rulings by the Brazilian civil aviation agencies.Flights departing Congonhas Airport will begin operations
Friday, December 21, with the limitation of a reduction in number of slots
(landings and takeoffs) from 33 to 30 per hour between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00
p.m., and from 33 to 16 per hour between 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. for
regular flights. The airport will continue to operate until 11:00 p.m.

  Frequencies departing Congonhas for Brasilia, Goiania (Goias), Caxias
do Sul (Rio Grande do Sul) and Maringa (Parana) have been transferred to
Guarulhos, allowing the number of flights between Sao Paulo and these
destinations to remain unchanged. For example, 11 flights to Brasilia and
four to Goiania still depart from Congonhas. The company has also started
flights from Guarulhos to Joinville (Santa Catarina), Uberlandia (Minas
Gerais), Ribeirao Preto (Sao Paulo) and Sao Jose do Rio Preto (Sao Paulo).

  TAM is also now offering direct service from Guarulhos to Salvador
(Bahia) and Recife (Pernambuco) for the duration of the high-traffic
season. To offset this, a flight from Congonhas to Curitiba (Parana) was
cancelled as well as another to Foz do Iguacu (Parana) and a third to
Londrina (Parana), in addition to two flights to Porto Alegre (Rio Grande
do Sul). These steps allow TAM to adjust its network to the reduction in
slots from 117 to 106 daily flights operated out of Congonhas to 20
Brazilian airports.

  Passengers who purchased tickets to destinations no longer operated
from Congonhas will be rescheduled for flights from Guarulhos. The TAM call
center is contacting customers who purchased tickets directly from the
airline. If the ticket was purchased through a travel agency, the customer
will need to contact the agent who sold the ticket.