South African Airways (SAA) and Cemair are both launching new international flights out of South Africa.
SAA will fly to the Guarulhos International Airport in São Paulo four times a week.
Two weekly flights will come from Cape Town International Airport (Tuesdays and Saturdays), whilst the other two will come from OR Tambo International Airport (Mondays and Thursdays).
Bookings for the flights launched on 29 June 2023, with the first flights scheduled to depart Cape Town on 31 October and Johannesburg on 6 November 2023.
São Paulo is Brazil’s most populated city and is also the nation’s biggest financial centre.
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) said that the city is perfect for business or leisure, with a wide selection of museums, cultural centres, theatres, cinemas, nightclubs, bars and restaurants.
“We commend South African Airway for their commitment to our destination with the addition of this much-needed route, and we look forward to facilitating and ensuring the success of this new route,” Mark Maclean, Regional General Manager of Cape Town International Airport, said.
“Enhanced connectivity between South Africa and Brazil will strengthen ties between the two countries, improve cooperation and promote mutual tourism, trade and investment. Additional airlift will accelerate ACSA’s recovery trajectory, which is crucial for the company’s long-term sustainability,” Jabulani Khambule, Regional General Manager of OR Tambo International Airport, added.
Another new route
In addition, ACSA said that domestic carrier Cemair is launching new flights to Zimbabwe, with direct flights from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls.
This aligns with the airline’s growth plans which aim to tap into the major tourism industry in the region.
The inaugural flight is scheduled for next month, 9 August 2023, and the airline will operate four weekly flights on the route.