The three largest Brazilian airlnes, from the largest market share to the smallest, are TAM, GOL and Varig. GOL started as a low-cost company, but nowadays there is little differentiating it from its main rival, TAM.
There is a number of small airlines. Some are regional companies, other are low-cost airlines, some are both.
Flies in the North and Northeast regions: Belem, Cayena, Fortaleza, Macapá, Manaos, São Luis
Flies to quite a number of Brazilian airports. Of special interest because it flies from Natal and Recife to Fernando de Noronha.
Of all the small companies, Ocean Air is growing the faster.
Operates charter flights. Low prices, quality that matches the prices. Flies to Lisbon and Madrid.
Flies to destinations in the state of São Paulo – funnily enough, it doesn’t fly to the Pantanal.
Small low-cost flying between Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Rio and Salvador
Small company flying between entre Rio, Búzios, Macaé y Vitória.
New company that connects Porto Alegre to other cities in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.
Small company with its headquarters in Manaus. Flies to destinations in the Amazon region. It has a history of accidents.
In the following page there is a complete listing of all the airlines operating in Brazil, including the smaller ones.