Delta Air Lines returns to Rio amid surging travel demand

A Delta Air Lines Airbus A330 after takeoff.
Pieter van Marion from Netherlands, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

LONDON – Just in time for the holidays and the upcoming carnival season, US carrier Delta Air Lines has resumed its popular seasonal route between its Atlanta hub and Rio de Janeiro’s Galeão International Airport (GIG).

Customers in Rio who boarded the airline’s first flight to Atlanta on December 17 received a surprise gift of classic brigadeiros (Brazilian chocolate truffles) and a welcome note from Delta as the airline celebrated restarting the service. 

“Travelers are yearning to reconnect and discover more of the places they want to visit, and Delta is excited to facilitate that need and increase our service between the U.S. and Brazil.”

“We are thrilled to resume our Rio-Atlanta route and to include our customers in the celebration,” said Danillo Barbizan, Delta Air Lines Sales Manager for Brazil.

Growing South American travel demand

Delta has grown its network in Brazil as demand for travel continues to increase, connecting more of the United States to South America’s largest market and doing so with award-winning customer service.

Atlanta – Rio

The service between Rio and Atlanta is now operating daily with Boeing 767-300 aircraft featuring Delta One, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin service.

Atlanta – São Paulo

A seasonal second daily flight between Atlanta and São Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) also launched on December 17 and is operating with Airbus A330 aircraft offering Delta One, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin service.

Both the GIG-ATL and second seasonal GRU-ATL flights depart Brazil during daytime hours, making Delta the only US carrier to offer this convenient option to Brazilian customers.

New York – São Paulo

In addition, Delta’s route between its New York JFK hub and São Paulo increased to daily service on Oct. 29 and is operating with Airbus A330-300 aircraft featuring Delta One, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin.

Delta – LATAM Joint Venture

The Joint Venture between Delta and LATAM is already improving the travel experience for customers in select markets between North and South America.

The recently brokered partnership is delivering benefits such as faster connections to access more than 300 destinations between the US/Canada and South America (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay) and the earning of miles/points in each other’s frequent flyer programs.

The partners recently announced a new service between São Paulo and Los Angeles as their first joint market, launching on July 1, 2023.

With the expanded service, Delta is offering 28 weekly flights between the U.S. and Brazil, providing customers with convenient connection opportunities to destinations worldwide through Delta’s Atlanta and New York JFK hubs and through its partnership with LATAM.

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