Brazil's Avianca airline to depart Star Alliance in September

Ocean Air Linhas Aéreas S/A, Brazilian airline, formerly doing business as Avianca Brasil, will formally leave Star Alliance on September 1, the company said.

Ocean Air´s withdrawal follows a period of bankruptcy protection and the Brazilian regulator ANAC´s withdrawal of the company´s air operator certificate.

Star Alliance maintains a significant presence with 11 of the Star Alliance member airlines offering direct services to and from Brazil. Airlines include: Air Canada, Avianca, Air China, Copa Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS, South African Airways, TAP Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines and United.