now it is Copa Airlines, a Star Alliance member, that plans to add intl flights to Fortaleza (FOR) airport.
Copa plans to have two weekly nonstops between FOR and its hub airport in Panama City (PTY) where it offers connections to many points in North America, Central America, Caribbean and northern South America - often making it the shortest route for trips between these points and NE Brazil.
Copa plans to start flights in July 2018, pending regulatory approvals.
[after TAP Air Portugal, Copa Air is the intl airline offering the most nonstops to Brazilian cities; it already links PTY and the following Brazilian airports: GRU, GIG, CNF. BSB, MAO, POA, REC]
it also ties up with previous comments that FOR airport is becoming the hub for intl flights in NE Brazil: