British airline Virgin Atlantic has entered a codeshare alliance with Chile-based carrier Latam Airlines, allowing its passengers to gain better connectivity to Brazil.

Passengers booking through Virgin Atlantic will have the option to fly directly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) and connect to 12 airports in Brazil thereafter.

These include Rio de Janeiro (GIG), Porto Alegre (POA), Belo Horizonte (CNF), Brasilia (BSB), Curitiba (CWB), Florianopolis (FLN), Fortaleza (FOR), Goiania (GYN), Recife (REC), Salvador (SSA), Vitoria (VIX) and Londrina (LDB).

Those flying to London Heathrow from São Paulo will also be able to connect onto Virgin Atlantic’s other destinations through Terminal 3 encompassing Tel Aviv, Delhi and Hong Kong.

Virgin Atlantic chief commercial officer Juha Jarvinen said: “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.

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“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 on board on their way to exploring these exciting and vibrant Brazilian cities.”

Virgin Atlantic also intends to tap demand from corporate travel moving to São Paulo, along with other key business centres in South America.