South African Airways has announced this week that it will be launching flights to Sao Paulo from Cape Town & Johannesburg in its first intercontinental route since September 2021.
In an exciting development for the carrier following its years of financial woes and instability, bookings open for the routes from June 29.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
Service Information for Sao Paulo Flights from Cape Town & Johannesburg…
It is understood that there will be a total of six weekly flights to Sao Paulo, with four being attributed to Cape Town and the other two to Johannesburg.
Services will begin between October 31 and November 6 this year and will operate during the Winter 2023/24 season.
SA 0226 will depart Cape Town at 12h55 and arrive in Sao Paulo at 16h35. The return flight out of Sao Paulo, SA 0227, will depart at 18h05 and arrive in Cape Town at 06h40.
From Johannesburg, SA 0222 will depart at 11h20 and arrive in Sao Paulo at 16h15, and the return flight SA 0223 will depart Sao Paulo at 17h45, arriving in Johannesburg at 07h45.
Strong Endorsement for Recovery for the Airline…
Commenting on the new route launches was South African Airways’ CEO Professor John Lamola:
“We are overjoyed to announce São Paulo as our first international destination since the airline successfully emerged from an intensive Business Rescue process and Covid-19 lockdown.”
“It also marks the return of our long-haul service out of Cape Town.”
“The Teams at SAA are working hard behind the scenes to gear our operations for this much-anticipated route launch to South America,”
“Our decision to begin the relaunch of our long-haul service with São Paulo was taken based on a rigorous analysis of the viability of the route.”
“Sustainability has been at the heart of SAA’s approach since our restart.”
Overall, this represents a major step in the right direction for the carrier, which has had to battle financial instability made even worse by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last few years.