By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Spanish-based Air Europa has requested authorization to operate domestic flights in Brazil. The decision, despite the staggering Brazilian economy and the problems faced by the sector in the country, was celebrated by government officials.

“Good news! Grupo Globalia, of AirEuropa, is establishing a new aviation company in Brazil,” the minister of infrastructure, Tarcisio Gomes de Freitas, tweeted on Saturday.

"It is important to note that it will be the first company to operate in the Brazilian (domestic) market due to (executive decree) MP [863/18] that opened foreign capital . . .

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