Brazil expands its current air network, expects more foreigners by 2020


Brazil is emerging as a tourist favourite in 2020, in terms of attracting foreign visitors. The exchange rate situation, the recovery of the economy and the new offerings of products and services are factors that strengthen the tourism sector. According to the World Economic Forum, the country is number one in natural attractions and eighth in cultural ones, with great potential to be explored. Few destinations have so much to offer for tourists.

Given this scenario, the survey indicates positive figures for the tourism development of the country. According to data from the Ministry of Tourism, about 6.6 million foreigners visited Brazil in 2018, all of them respectively from South America (61.2%), Europe (22.1%) and North America (10.4%). Foreign spending represented US$ 6 billion in the Brazilian economy. The high loyalty of travellers who express a desire to return reaches 95.4% and the intention of business visitors exceeds 90%.

Following the growing scenario of actions that favour national development, the airline segment has been a harbinger of change, increasing connectivity between countries and increasing the supply of seats. The sector already accounts for 65.4% of non-resident tourist access, followed by land (31.5%). There are over two hundred and fifty thousand seats in direct international flights to Brazil per week. Among the news, Gol Linhas Aéreas announced, in early October, the expansion of the route between Natal and Buenos Aires with the addition of a second weekly frequency, in addition to the daily flights between Sao Paulo and Peru, which will start in December.

Brazil also attracts low-cost investments. In March, Norwegian started flights from London to Rio de Janeiro. FlyBondi started with flights connecting Argentina to Rio de Janeiro and, in December, the company will also serve Florianópolis. The other new flights in Brazil include American Airlines: São Paulo-Miami; Lufthansa: São Paulo-Munich (December); Air Europa: Fortaleza-Madrid (December); Virgin Atlantic: São Paulo-London (March 2020); Amaszonas: Rio de Janeiro – Santa Cruz de la Sierra and Foz do Iguaçu – Santa Cruz de la Sierra (December); Paranair: Rio de Janeiro-Asunción (December); Sky Airline: Florianópolis-Santiago (November) and Salvador-Santiago (until the end of the year); JetSmart: Salvador-Santiago (December), Foz do Iguaçu-Santiago (January 2020) and São Paulo-Santiago (March 2020); AZUL: Belo Horizonte-Fort Lauderdale (December); LATAM: Brasília-Santiago (October), Brasília-Lima (November), Falkland Islands-São Paulo (November) and Brasília-Asunción (December).

With improved connectivity, Brazil is set to attract more tourists in the coming days.