Three more foreign airlines are in talks with the Brazilian government to start domestic flight operations in the country, Brazil's infrastructure minister Tarcisio Gomes de Freitas told reporters this week.
He stated, "These companies are publicly traded, there are competition issues, we cannot announce them yet.".
Brazil's senate passed legislation on May 22 that would permanently open up Latin America's largest air travel market after years of debate. The measure still needs to be signed by Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro.
Brazil's domestic air market is dominated by Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes, LATAM Airlines Group and Azul SA, which control over 90% of flights.
Spain's Air Europa, which was the first foreign airline to be granted a preliminary authorisation to set up a domestic subsidiary in the country, is expected to launch domestic flights in late 2019, according to de Freitas.