BA to double Rio de Janeiro services

19 Apr 2011 by BusinessTraveller

British Airways has announced plans to increase its services from London to Rio de Janeiro.

The British flag carrier will up the number of flights to the Brazilian city from three times weekly to six times from the end of October.

The airline currently flies on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, but with the new schedules will fly every day of the week except Monday. The departure time from London Heathrow will remain 1215, arriving into the Brazilian city at 2155.

Neil Cottrell, BA’s head of network planning, said the airline is experiencing "a real increase in demand" for Rio.

“By doubling the number of frequencies, we are able to offer our customers more choice and greater availability,” he said.

“Brazil is also experiencing strong economic growth and this capacity increase is a great opportunity for British Airways to be part of that growth.”

The news follows TAM's decision to double its frequencies between London and Rio to six-times weekly from August 1, pending approval from the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (see online news April 12).

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Report by Sara Turner

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