American Airlines is retooling its Latin America schedule this winter, ending a São Paolo-Charlotte, North Carolina service, to focus on Miami, Florida, as the carrier’s gateway to the continent.

 The carrier said it will end Charlotte-São Paolo service in October, but passengers will be able to connect via Miami to Brazil’s financial center. From October, American will have no direct service between South America and Charlotte. American will continue operating direct flights from Charlotte to several cities in Mexico and the Caribbean as well as to Belize and Costa Rica in Central America, a spokesman said.

Although American will continue operating flights to South America from Los Angeles and Dallas, the main gateway to the continent will be through Miami, with several flights also operating from New York JFK, the spokesman said.

American is launching daily service from Miami to Viracopos Dec. 2 and will fly 3X-weekly from New York JFK to Viracopos from Dec. 1. American is eliminating one daily frequency between Miami and São Paolo; it is also reducing the number of weekly flights between New York JFK and São Paolo, the carrier said.

Viracopos is American’s 10th destination in Brazil.