Flight operators are expected to launch the first-ever direct flights from Australia to Brazil in 2020. These new potential routes could cut down travel time between the 2 countries down to just 15 hours and add further advantages to the new visa-free provisions now offered to Australian citizens.
Information surrounding the new routes was announced earlier this week by Timothy Kane, Australia’s ambassador to Brazil and officials from the Brazilian Government. The opening of the flightpaths is expected to offer a large boost to international business and tourism between the 2 nations.
The news was warmly received by representatives of both countries, with a source from the Brazilian embassy in Canberra commenting:
“The government of Brazil seeks to promote greater exchanges between the Brazilian and the Australian societies,” further adding, “the expectation is that more Australians will come and visit Brazil… Australia’s largest economic partner in Latin America.”
The news comes in the wake of an approximate rise of 24% in Australian tourism in Brazil over the last 3 years and the announcement that from June 17th, 2019, Australians traveling to Brazil will no longer need a visa or eVisa to enter the country. This new reciprocal immigration measure means Australian, US, Canadian, and Japanese citizens will be able to enter Brazil for 90 days visa-free for the first time.
Flying between Brazil and Australia Now
At the moment, it is currently not possible to fly directly from Australia to Brazil or vice versa. Currently, the journey requires one or 2 stop-offs en route, with a change needed at either Santiago, Auckland or Dubai. However, it is hoped that the developments proposed by representatives of both governments will eliminate the need for such long travel times and allow Australians and Brazilians a much simpler journey to and from each other’s countries.
The news of the expansion is a great opportunity for Brazil’s burgeoning tourism sector and was also received positively by officials working within the national tourism industry. Gilson Neto, the president of the Brazilian state-owned tourism agency Embratur, said of the proposals:
“This flight will be another tool to expand our air connection, as well as facilitate connection with other countries, such as New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and China. From Shanghai and Beijing, the Chinese will be able to reach Brazil with just one connection.”
Airports that will Serve Australia-Brazil Direct Flights
It is expected that the first direct flights from Australia to Brazil will operate from Melbourne International Airport and Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport. The Australian Ambassador to Brazil, Timothy Kane, stated that there was a strong case for connecting the two cities as both were the financial capitals of their respective countries. This would, therefore, offer the best opportunities for business between the nations.
Airlines that will Fly between Australia and Brazil
Whilst there has been no official confirmation on the routes and the number of slots available to flight carriers, LATAM which already flies directly to Santiago, Chile from Australia five times weekly is one of the companies expected to pick up the route initially. The journey distance is approximately 13,000km between Melbourne and Sao Paulo, which will allow traveling to Brazil from Australia in 15 hours.
To cover the journey distance it is expected that the company will use a number of the Boeing 747-400 currently in operation in its fleet. Additionally, Qantas, Australia’s national carrier also has aircraft in its fleet which could cover the distances and would also be expected to introduce new routes going forward.
However, Qantas has also suggested previously that they would seek to create a route between Australia and Rio de Janerio in the next decade. Therefore, if successful, this initial route could open all sorts of travel and business possibilities for citizens of both countries.
With the current journey times in excess of 20 hours, a simplification of the routes and a significant cut in flight duration is an exciting development for both Brazilians and Australians. Despite still being in the negotiation stage, it appears that the future of tourism and trade between Brazil and Australia is looking positive.