Virgin Atlantic has launched a codeshare agreement with LATAM Airlines, enabling its passengers greater connectivity to Brazil.

Customers booking through Virgin Atlantic can now travel direct from London Heathrow to Sao Paulo Guarulhos and connect onwards to 12 airports in Brazil. These include Rio de Janeiro (GIG), Porto Alegre (POA), Belo Horizonte (CNF), Brasilia (BSB), Curitiba (CWB), Goiania (GYN), Recife (REC), Salvador (SSA), Florianopolis (FLN), Fortaleza (FOR), Vitoria (VIX) and Londrina (LDB).

Customers travelling from Sao Paulo to Heathrow will also be able to connect onto Virgin Atlantic’s destinations such as Tel Aviv, Delhi and Hong Kong through Terminal 3.

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic, commented:

“We’re incredibly excited to launch this new codeshare partnership with LATAM Airlines.

“As we recover from the pandemic, partnerships are more important than ever, and we look forward to building on the incredibly successful interline relationship we have had in place for a number of years. We also see opportunities beyond Brazil and look forward to expanding our relationship even further to serve destinations throughout South America including Peru and Colombia.

“This new partnership aims to respond to the large, fast-growing demand for leisure travellers looking to enjoy new experiences after a challenging 20 months. We know there is pent up demand for long-haul travel and we look forward to welcoming customers onboard on their way to exploring these exciting and vibrant Brazilian cities.”

“As global economies gradually recover from the impact of the pandemic, we also expect to capture demand from corporate travel heading to São Paulo, the commercial capital of Brazil as well as other key business hubs in South America.”

LATAM resumed flights to London at the end of last year, initially operating four-times-weekly. ;