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South African Airways to Launch New Service to São Paulo From Cape Town and Johannesburg

South African Airways will launch their first intercontinental route to São Paulo, Brazil since the carrier returned to the skies in September 2021. Service between Cape Town and São Paulo will start on October 31st, while Johannesburg flights will begin on November 6, 2023.


South African Airways Airbus A330-300 - Courtesy Airbus

On Thursday (June 29, 2023), South African Airways (SAA) announced the launch of new service to São Paulo Brazil, their first intercontinental route since returning to the skies in September 2021. Bookings are now available with service from Cape Town commencing on October 31st, and from Johannesburg on November 6, 2023. Flights between Cape Town and São Paulo will operate twice weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays, while flights from Johannesburg will operate two times per week on Mondays and Thursdays.

In Thursday’s announcement, SAA’s Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Tebogo Tsimane, said,


“We have created an effective schedule which is ideal for both business and leisure travellers and our schedule is fantastic for connecting traffic. Our Voyager members can also earn miles at an accelerated rate when flying on an SAA operated flight, 1 SAA Voyager mile for every R1.60 spend and the accumulation of miles, counts towards Elite status.”


Also commenting on the launch of São Paulo service, SAA’s Interim CEO, Professor John Lamola, added,


“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 our 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. As the national flag carrier, SAA prides itself on bringing South African hospitality to international routes, and travelers to and from São Paulo route can expect to experience our award-winning customer service.”


São Paulo is Brazil’s most populous city and is one of the biggest financial hubs in the world. An ideal business or leisure destination, the city offers a vast selection of first-rate museums, cultural centers, theatres, and cinemas. The vibrant city also features world-class nightclubs, bars, and restaurants. Additionally, São also boasts a robust transportation network including taxis, buses, subways and rail lines, providing a variety of convenient options for visitors.



Source: South African Airways

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