Air Europa has announced it will offer a new service from Gatwick to the Brazilian city of Recife in December, with a connection in Madrid.
The twice-weekly route will start on December 20 on Wednesdays and Fridays, with the addition of a third weekly flight expected in 2018. To improve connectivity within Brazil, the airline maintains a code-sharing agreement with Avianca Brasil on several weekly domestic flights, which link Recife to other parts of the country.
Recife is Brazil’s fourth-largest metropolitan area and is one of the country’s prime business centres, playing host to an international airport and two seaports. It is home to several industries, including brewing, canning, shipbuilding, automotive, electronics, tube manufacturing, chocolate making and textiles.
Colin Stewart, Air Europa’s UK managing director, said: “We are thrilled about the launch of this route – particularly as Air Europa will be the first airline to fly from London to Recife via Madrid. As our third Brazilian destination, this consolidates our presence in the country.”