Virgin Atlantic announces its first route to South America

The British carrier will connect London Heathrow with Brazil’s São Paulo in 2020

The British airline Virgin Atlantic will soon add a new continent to its operation. The carrier has announced that from 2020, it will provide a daily connection between London Heathrow and São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport.

Virgin will use Boeing 787 to operate the 11 hours 55 minutes flight — EQRoy / Shutterstock Virgin Atlantic announces its first route to South America
Virgin will use Boeing 787 to operate the 11 hours 55 minutes flight — EQRoy / Shutterstock

The flight will be Virgin’s first ever connection to South America and will take 11 hours and 55 minutes. The carrier will use Boeing 787 aircraft for the route offering five types of fares. 

“2019 marks the start of a new phase of growth for Virgin Atlantic as we work to become the most loved travel company. São Paulo represents an incredible opportunity for our business, and we’re very excited to be flying to a brand new continent for the first time,” said Juha Jarvinen, Virgin Atlantic’s executive vice president – commercial.

“There are a significant number of corporate customers, and multinational businesses, located in this powerhouse of South America who can now enjoy the Virgin Atlantic experience on this busy international route.”

São Paulo is the second largest commercial city of both Americas

With the new service, Virgin aims to capitalise on the fast-growing Brazilian economy. São Paulo is the commercial capital of Brazil and one of the top 20 global economic cities.

São Paulo is both cultural and commercial centre of Brazil — Shuttersotck Virgin Atlantic announces its first route to South America
São Paulo is both the cultural and commercial centre of Brazil — Shuttersotck

It is the largest city in the Americas (after New York) for multinational companies to have offices. It provides a platform for Virgin Atlantic to broaden its offering to existing corporate customers.

“But it’s not all about business,” Jarvinen added.

“São Paulo boasts numerous cultural institutions such as the Museu de Arte, has a rich architectural history, and acts as a gateway for leisure travel within the rest of Brazil and beyond.”

Marcelo Álvaro Antônio, Brazil’s minister of tourism said:  “The increase of air connectivity is one of the priorities of the Government in order to make Brazil more competitive in the global tourism scenario. This new flight is a great achievement for our country.”