You could fly along with the masses & return home from your big UK adventure via the UAE or Asia OR you could shake it up (literally) by booking a return flight via Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Choose your journey. Of course, if you choose the latter, you’ll have to wait until 2020 when Virgin Atlantic’s first flight to South America (specifically Brazil) launches (or you know, you could find another airline).

Virgin Atlantic announced that one of 2019’s hottest destinations, Brazil, will be its first stop in the sexy Latin American region with non-stop flights from Heathrow, London to Guarulhos International Airport, Sao Paulo taking off next year.

Virgin Atlantic to fly to São Paulo in 2020

Soaring into to South America for the first time – our new service to beautiful São Paulo is launching in 2020. Will you be flying with us?São Paulo represents an incredible opportunity for our business, and we’re very excited to be flying to a brand new continent for the first time. This new service, which goes on sale later this year for travel in 2020, will fly daily between London Heathrow and São Paulo. Read more:

Posted by Virgin Atlantic on Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Operating the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, the flight will take approximately 11 hours and 55 minutes, after which travellers can book one of Virgin Holidays’ first tours in Brazil such as a trip to Iguaçu Falls or the Amazon rainforest.

Of course, once in Sao Paulo, Aussies won’t need to worry about a visa because Brazil will waive them from June 2019, but they will need to source another airline for their ongoing journey home.


Virgin Atlantic’s Executive Vice President for Commercial, Juha Jarvinen, said staff are excited to fly to South America for the first time, particularly Sao Paulo where there’s “an incredible opportunity for our business”.

“Sao Paulo boasts numerous cultural institutions such as the Museu de Arte, has a rich architectural history, and acts as a gateway for leisure travel within the rest of Brazil and beyond.”

Juha Jarvinen, Virgin Atlantic Executive Vice President for Commercial


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