São Paulo, March 28, 2019 - GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. ("GOL" or "Company"), (NYSE: GOL and B3: GOLL4), Brazil's premier domestic airline, announces six new destinations in the Company's domestic network. As of the second half of this year, the cities of Cascavel, in the State of Paraná, Passo Fundo, in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Vitória da Conquista, in the State of Bahia and Sinop, in the State of Mato Grosso, as well as Franca and Barretos, located in the State of São Paulo, will be served via direct flights to the capital of the State of São Paulo. The six new bases are part of a plan to increase flights to the State of São Paulo as a counterpart to the reduction of the ICMS tax rate on jet fuel.
"It's a pleasure for GOL to announce regular flights to these new destinations with our modern Boeing 737 jets, which offer Wi-Fi and live TV. The initiative of the Government of the State of São Paulo is fundamental for the development and stimulation of air transportation in the country. These new flights are the first phase of our expansion in São Paulo, which aims to strengthen the competitive position of GOL, leader in air passenger transportation in the State and also in Brazil. With these flights, we now serve a total of 73 destinations, expanding the flight options we already offer our Customers with the guarantee of best-in-class service," said Paulo Kakinoff, GOL's CEO.
In São Paulo, the new flights will be concentrated at the Guarulhos International Airport, terminal that allows fast and easy connections of Customers with other destinations operated by GOL and its partners. With the launch scheduled for August, Cascavel, Vitória da Conquista and Passo Fundo will have two non-stop daily flights each, and Sinop will have a flight every day starting in November. In total at Guarulhos GOL will offer 14 new daily flights and 42 domestic destinations, consolidating the airline as the leader in Brazil's busiest airport. In addition, the São Paulo expansion plan includes the launch of regular GOL flights at the Barretos and Franca airports, located in the interior of the State.
GOL will fly these new routes with its Boeing 737-700 Next Generation aircraft, which carry up to 138 passengers and will be the largest capacity aircraft to operate at these destinations. Customers will have at their disposal all the convenience and comfort already offered on the company's domestic flights, such as on-board service with free snacks and drinks and the most complete connectivity and entertainment platform with movies, series and live TV at no additional cost. In addition, passengers can connect to the in-flight internet service to send and receive messages and access social networks and e-mail.