10/30/2012 - TAM Airlines Begins Daily Service Between Rio de Janeiro and Orlando International
ORLANDO, FL. – TAM Airlines new seven-day-a-week, non-stop service to Rio de Janeiro is TAM’s second Brazilian destination along with Sao Paulo. Until now, Rio de Janeiro had been the largest international market underserved at Orlando International.
“For the second time in the past four years we are proud to welcome an inaugural flight from Brazil to Orlando International Airport. To date, TAM has flown 330,000 travelers to our region,” says Dr. Jason Pirozzolo, Vice-Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “This one new route alone will bring more than $169 million in annual economic impact to our area, creating jobs and strengthening business connections. More importantly it helps other local companies to enter the growing Brazilian market. Combined with TAM’s two other daily flights, their total combined economic impact is more than half a billion dollars, which highlights the importance of bringing more international travel to Central Florida.”
A water salute greets TAM’s inaugural Rio de Janeiro flight upon arrival in Orlando. Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) Board Treasurer Dean Asher, GOAA Executive Director Phil Brown, Visit Orlando VP Jay Santos, GOAA Vice Chairman Dr. Jason Pirozzolo, Orange County Commissioner John Martinez, TAM VP Pablo Chiozza, GOAA Marketing Director Vicki Jaramillo and Orlando City Commissioner Tony Ortiz welcome TAM’s flight crew to Orlando
TAM will serve the route using A330-200 aircraft. Each plane is capable of carrying 223 passengers; 4 in first class, 24 in business class and 195 in economy class.
In 2011 international passenger traffic made up approximately 10 percent of all travelers at Orlando International Airport with a record 3,502,584 international guests. So far this year international traffic is up nearly 10 percent over the previous record.
For more information or high resolution photos, contact Carolyn Fennell or Rod Johnson in the Office of Public Affairs of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at 407-825-2055.
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