Air Europa is introducing a new service from Gatwick to the Brazilian city of Recife in December, via Madrid.

The twice-weekly route will commence on December 20, operating on Wednesdays and Fridays, with the addition of a third weekly flight expected in 2018.

Colin Stewart, UK managing director for the airline, said: “We are thrilled about the launch of this route – particularly as we 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.”

In addition to the direct connection, the airline also flies to Brazil’s Salvador de Bahia and Sao Paulo. To improve connectivity within the country, the carrier has maintained a code-sharing agreement with Avianca Brasil, with a codeshare on several weekly domestic flights, which links Recife to other parts of the country.

Recife, the fourth-largest metropolitan area in Brazil, is known for its rivers, bridges, monuments and rich history. It is located in the north-eastern state of Pernambuco where highlights include Olinda, famous for its Carnival, and World Heritage site, Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago of islands with picturesque beaches. Flights start from £651 return in January 2018.

Visit aireuropa.com for more details.

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