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Taking-Off: New LATAM Airlines Flights Connecting Brazil And South Africa In 2023

LATAM Airlines launched its first Latin American airline route connecting Brazil and South Africa since the end of the Covid-19 pandemic.


  • The announcement has been warmly welcomed by the Brazilian Tourism Board (EMBRATUR).
  • This ground-breaking initiative will introduce non-stop flights from key African destinations to Brazil, unlocking a new era of connectivity and opportunity.
  • The strategic expansion of direct flights between Brazil and Africa represents a significant milestone in bringing these two regions closer together.
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The initiative is believed to align with the vision of Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who has been actively working to enhance economic and social connections with the African continent. President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s recent visit to South Africa, Angola, and São Tomé and Príncipe marked a significant step forward in this effort. During his speech at the National Assembly of Angola, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva highlighted the shared heritage between Brazil and Africa, with more than half of Brazil’s 203-million citizens identifying as Afro-descendants. He emphasized the need to go beyond cultural links in areas like music, dance, capoeira, gastronomy, and soccer, suggesting that the two regions could forge deeper connections.


Marcelo Freixo, President of the Brazilian Tourism Board, noted that this development would make it easier for both business and leisure travellers to explore the cultural riches, natural beauty, and business opportunities offered by each destination. This expansion is set to play a crucial role in fostering mutual understanding and cooperation between Brazil and South Africa.


Starting this September, LATAM Airlines will offer a direct route from São Paulo, Brazil to Johannesburg, South Africa. This non-stop flight will provide travelerls with seamless connections to various African destinations, making it more convenient than ever to explore the continent’s diverse landscapes and cultures.


LATAM Airlines isn’t the only carrier expanding its routes in this endeavour. South African Airways (SAA) is also bringing two new routes online this September, offering direct services from Cape Town and Johannesburg to São Paulo. These additions are expected to further enhance the ease of travel between the two nations, as well as other African destinations.


Moreover, the government of Cape Verde has announced the relaunch of flights between the African archipelago and Fortaleza, Ceará, thereby connecting northern Africa to the north-astern regions of Brazil. This move will facilitate the exchange of ideas, goods, and services between the continents. The decision by LATAM Airlines and SAA to expand their routes will mean new direct flights with significantly reduced travel times, making it more convenient for tourists, entrepreneurs, and diplomats to cross the Atlantic.


Passengers on these routes can expect a world-class flight experience aboard technologically advanced aircraft. With a range of fare options catering to different traveller needs, these airlines are committed to ensuring that passengers have a comfortable and enjoyable journey.


These new direct flights not only bridge the geographical gap between Africa and Brazil but also open up a world of possibilities for travellers. Whether you’re interested in exploring the vibrant streets of São Paulo, the rich cultural heritage of Salvador, or the iconic landscapes of Rio de Janeiro, these flights offer unprecedented access to some of Brazil’s most captivating destinations.


The launch of new direct LATAM Airlines flights between Brazil and South Africa look to bring about a new era of connectivity and cooperation between these two nations.


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