Jet Setter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 11 months 18 hours ago) and read 4382 times:
The recent announcement that Air 2000 and Airtours will both start charter flights from London-Gatwick to Brazil next year made me curious...
What other charter routes operate from Europe to South America? Which airlines operate the flights, and what aircraft do they use?
The above mentioned flights are the first regular programme of flights from the UK to Brazil since Monarch served Rio De Janeiro in 1989/90 with B757s.
Airtours will operate weekly from Gatwick to Salvador with A330-200s from November, seating 49 Premiair Gold passengers and 311 in economy.
Air 2000 will operate weekly from Gatwick, with flights operating to Recife or Natal on alternate weeks with B767-300ERs seating 38 Classic Premium and 274 in economy. Air 2000 are also the only other UK charter airline flying to South America with weekly flights from Manchester and Gatwick to Prolamar, Venezuela.
Do the main European charter carriers like Condor, LTU, Balair and Corsair serve South America? The flights from the UK are something new and different, so I'm wondering how strong the market would be for these holidays from the UK, and how strong the market is from the rest of Europe.
Airsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 34
Reply 5, posted (13 years 11 months 15 hours ago) and read 4282 times:
Well, depends on how you define South America. If you include the Caribbean and Mexico there are quite some flights by LTU, Condor and Hapag-Lloyd mainly to Cuba and the Dominican Republic.
If you don´t, the only one I recall is an LTU flight to Isla Margarita, Venezuela.
Jet Setter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4262 times:
Just as a correction to my original post, both Air 2000 (to Recife/Natal) and Airtours (to Salvador) start their flights in May 2001, NOT November 2001.
Thanks for all the information. I remember several years ago reading that Air Belgium flew to Brussels-Recife with B757s, so I assumed that if a small airline like Air Belgium flew there, Brazil must be quite a popular destination in Continental Europe. That seems not to be the case!