Tuesday, 10 May 2011 12:00 AM
British Airways will boost access to Brazil this year by boosting the frequency of its flights from Heathrow to Rio de Janeiro.
The airline announced that its services to the South American city will now depart the London hub six times a week, operating every day except Mondays.
Flights will continue to leave the UK at the scheduled time of 12:15 BST, arriving in Rio de Janeiro at 21:55 local time.
A three-class Boeing 777 aircraft will remain on the route, offering travellers a choice of economy, premium economy and business class services.
Neil Cottrell, head of network planning for BA, said: “We are experiencing a real increase in demand for Rio and by doubling the number of frequencies, we are able to offer our customers more choice and greater availability.
“Brazil is also experiencing strong economic growth and this capacity increase is a great opportunity for British Airways to be part of that growth.”
Earlier this year, the airline boosted its presence in South America with the introduction of a route to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.
The launch means that BA passengers can travel directly to the city, rather than flying via Sao Paulo in Brazil.
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