Brazil’s low fare carrier Gol, which briefly served the US following its acquisition of Varig 5 years ago, is looking to make a return to Miami this summer. The airline has applied for the rights to serve Miami – Caracas – Sao Paulo beginning in June.
The application currently lists Caracas only as a technical stop (ie, they don’t have the rights to fly there right now), but they’re certainly looking for so-called “fifth freedom rights,” which would allow them to sell tickets on the Miami – Caracas portion of the route. As this analysis shows, tickets between Miami and Caracas average a ludicrous $1,000 or so round trip. Spirit has been trying to get into the market, to no avail given the strained relationship between the US and Venezuela. Gol clearly thinks they’ll have a better shot at getting rights to the route and lowering fares.