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ITA Transportes Aéreos requests slots in Congonhas

ITA Transportes Aéreos, the newest company in the Itapemirim Group, has already applied to the National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) to reserve slots for flights to and from Congonhas, the most central airport in São Paulo.

Artistic conception – AEROIN

Currently, the company is still in the certification phase with ANAC for permits to operate regular commercial flights. However, in consultation with the agency’s database, we have found several slot reservations for the next IATA winter season, which starts on October 25th and runs until March 27th next year.

Congonhas is the most central airport in the city of São Paulo and is very popular with airlines. This prompts the authorities to coordinate and restrict the use of the airport so as not to overload air traffic controllers. So the Itapemirim move sounds reasonable as the company wants its stake in “Filet Mignon” too.

At ANAC, flights are displayed with the IPM code. When asked, the AEROIN agency confirmed that these slots were reserved by Itapemirim and that IPM should be the company’s code in the ICAO (UN Organization for Civil Aviation and Recommendations for the Management of Worldwide Aviation).

Flights with 180 passengers

According to ANAC, “The slots requested were reminiscent of the last distribution the agency had made for that season. However, in order to operate them, the company must have completed the operational certification process at the agency. “

The ITA slot request is valid for flights between March 1 and March 27, 2021 when the season ends. Summer 2021, which is the next season, has not yet been opened to request flight schedules. However, the fact that the company has approved slots helps maintain them (provided the requirements to use the landing plan are met). and start).

One fact that caught the eye is that the configuration presented by the company for the Airbus A320 includes 180 seats, not 140 or 110 seats, as the group’s president, Sidnei Piva, said in recent interviews. In this case, it will be the densest A320 in the country as Azul and LATAM currently operate on the same aircraft model with 174 passengers.

List of reserved slots

The desired destinations are noteworthy as they are limited to Ribeirão Preto and Presidente Prudente. In any case, it should be noted that the company only made the reservation to secure the slots. However, the destination of the flight can change at any time. In a recent interview, Tiago Senna, the airline’s CEO, announced that the network was still being planned.

Check below which slots have been requested by ITA (ignore targets as they must be tentative):

IPM 5501/5513 Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, starting at 6:15 am from Presidente Prudente and arriving in Congonhas at 7:25 am
IPM 5514 departs from Congonhas to Presidente Prudente at 9:00 a.m. on Saturdays, arriving at 10:10 a.m.
IPM 5502 takes off on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 9:15 a.m. from Congonhas to Ribeirão Preto and lands at 10:10 a.m. On Saturday the flight starts at 8:30 a.m.
IPM 5505 from Monday to Friday and Sunday, departure from Ribeirão Preto at 11.10am and arrival in Congonhas at 12.15pm;
IPM 5504 Monday to Friday and Sundays, departing at 12:55 p.m. to Ribeirão Preto, where it arrives at 1:50 p.m.
IPM 5507 Monday to Friday and Sunday, departing from Ribeirão at 4:30 PM and arriving in Congonhas at 5:25 PM;
IPM 5508 from Monday to Friday and Sunday, starting at 9:00 p.m. in Congonhas and arriving in Ribeirão at 9:50 p.m.
Wednesdays IPM 5510, departure from Congonhas at 5.45 pm and arrival in Ribeirão Preto at 6.40 pm;
Wednesdays IPM 5511, departure from Ribeirão at 3.40 p.m. and arrival in São Paulo at 4.45 p.m.

The slots themselves are only periods of time that airlines are allowed to use at an airport and that they can use at will and not with fixed routes. ITA can shortly change flights and their destinations in the future.

We continue to monitor all phases of the “in-game” entry process for ITA Transportes Aéreos.

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