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8/27/2008 - Brazil's TAM Airlines Selects Orlando International Airport for Newest North American Destination

ORLANDO, FL. - TAM Airlines, the largest airline in the Southern Hemisphere, is expanding its global outreach by adding Orlando International Airport (MCO) to its growing list of international destinations. TAM has given notification of its plans to launch service from Sao Paulo, Brazil to Orlando starting in November of this year.

"This new service will open access from Central Florida to South America. Our staff has been pursuing this targeted service for over 11 years. This good news is made possible with the support of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Economic Development Commission, our world-class attractions and the regional chambers of commerce. Decisions like this require presenting the best possible business case and with this unified support, Orlando was selected for the new service," says Steve Gardner, Executive Director for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

Using an airbus A330-200 aircraft, with a 215-seat configuration, the daily service is expected to have a significant impact on the region, generating some 108 million dollars in yearly economic impact for the Orlando area. That is a conservative estimate based on the fact that Brazil is the largest international market from South America with the highest expenditure per trip into the Orlando region.

The final service is subject to bilateral specified filings indicating TAM's desire to service Orlando with the United States Department of Transportation and Brazil's ANAC.

Statistics from the latest reporting period of June 2007-June 2008 indicate how important international travel is to Central Florida. The number of international passengers is up over 23 percent year-to-date over this time last year at Orlando International Airport.


For more information contact Carolyn Fennell at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at (407) 825-2055.


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