Brazil is one of the gateways to South America and the end destination for many travelers to the lost continent. Whether you are flying in or out of Rio de Janeiro or SÃo Paulo, this run down will show you how to get in and out of the country for the very best fare. From Rio de Janeiro or SÃo Paulo, Brazil you can fly direct to nearly anywhere in North, Central, or South America. The two large cities, two of the worlds largest with double digit millions of residents, have many, many airlines accommodating them.
Here’s is a breakdown of every airline that flies in and out of Rio’s Antonio Carlos Jobima International Airport and SÃo Paulo’s Congonhas Domestic and Guarulhos International Airport
North American Airlines that fly to Rio de Janeiro and SÃo Paulo Brazil
American Airlines – American flies direct to Miami and New York JFK and has connecting flights across the United States.
Delta – Delta airlines has flights between Rio airport and their hub in Atlanta, and flights from SÃo Paulo to Atlanta and New York JFK.
Continental – Continental airlines flies direct to Houston from Rio and SÃo Paulo. You can sometimes find a lower rate if you travel with Copa Airlines on Continental planes, although a stop in Panama City is likely.
South and Central American Airlines that fly to Rio de Janeiro and SÃ£o Paulo Brazil
Aerolineas Argentina –Daily flights toÂ Buenos AiresÂ from both Rio de Janeiro and SÃo Paulo.
LAN airlines – LAN has the most flights to and from the South American continent. LAN flies to Santiago, SÃo Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Lima, Cusco, Buenos Aires, Quito, Guayaquil, Miami, Newark, and several destinations in Central America.
TACA – The Costa Rican air carrier has made Lima its South American hub, but flies direct from Lima to SÃ£o Paulo. Flights go between SÃo Paulo, Santiago, Guayaquil, San Jose, San Salvador and Miami.
Ocean Air – Low cost carrier operated by the Colombian airline Avianca. Ocean air flies to BrasÃlia, Fortaleza,Juazeiro do Norte, Petrolina, Salvador, SÃo Paulo-Congonhas, SÃo Paulo-Guarulhos, and Recife.
Gol Airlines – This Brazilian low cost airline recently began a rapid expansion on the South American continent. Brazilian flights originate in Rio, SÃo Paulo, or Recife and go to Lima,Â Santiago, or Buenos Aires.
TAM Airlines – This Brazilian carrier has air passes around the country, so if you plan on taking multiple regional flights it is a good option. They have recently begun an expansion in South America and now have direct flights to Lima.
Varig Airlines – This Brazilian airline has flights between Brazil and South Africa, sometimes connecting in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
European Airlines that fly to that fly to Rio de Janeiro and SÃo Paulo, Brazil
Air France – French air carrier Air France offers direct service between Rio and SÃo Paulo toÂ Charles de Gaule airport in Paris, with connecting flights across Europe.
TAP Air Portugal – Has direct flights to Lisbon, Portugal with connections across Europe from both Rio de Janeiro, SÃo Paulo, and Salvador.
British Airways – Flights may stop in the US, however, also fly direct toÂ London Heathrow from Rio and SÃo Paulo.
Pluna, Air Europa, and Iberia all fly between Rio or SÃo Paulo and Madrid.
Alitalia – Flights between SÃo Paulo and Milan.
Asian and African Airlines that fly to Brazil
South African Airways – This South African based airline has direct flights between Brazil and Capetown or Johannesburg, South Africa.
Air Japan – Daily flights between SÃo Paulo and Tokyo.
Air China –Daily flights between SÃo Paulo and Beijing and Madrid.
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