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It’s now even easier to reach the ‘Marvellous City’ as British Airways doubles its flights from London to Rio de Janeiro

May 9, 2011Article by Ray Withers

British Airways has further strengthened its commitment to Latin America by doubling its weekly flight frequency from London Heathrow to Rio de Janeiro it has been announced.

Six direct flights per week will be operated instead of three, departingfrom London Heathrow to Rio de Janeiro daily except for Monday’s.In addition, national flag carrier, BA will continue to operate the flights’ B777 three class service, providing World Traveller (economy), World Traveller Plus (premier economy) and Club World (business class) with a fully flat bed service.

According to a study conducted by Embratur, the Brazilian Tourism board, the number of international tourists visiting Rio de Janeiro increased by 8% in 2010 compared with the previous year, generating over £1.2 billion in revenue for the city.TheRio de Janeiro City Tourism Company, Rio Tur believes tourism levels will further increase this year, seeingas Rio received 131% more international tourists than expected for its Carnival in March.

The increased flight service will provide a greater level of accessibility to Brazil, helping to satisfy strong tourism demand and providing a greater incentive to invest as highlighted by Neil Cottrell, British Airways’ Head of Network Planning who states:

“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.”

Leading property investment agency, Property Frontiers, who markets a popular residential development in Natal, north east Brazil, only a short flight away from Rio comments,

“It is extremely pleasing to hear that new flights have been launched by British Airways. Improved accessibility will surely boost tourist numbers with more people having the opportunity to submerge themselves in exotic Latin American living; basking on glorious beaches and visiting cultural must-sees.
“The new flights will make both the iconic city of Rio de Janeiro more accessible and provide flexibility for those with second homes in Brazil allowing them and potential renters to visit at their leisure.”

For those considering investing in booming Brazil, the apartments ofEdificio Dr Geraldo Furtado are proving highly attractive. Located in northern Natal, in an area popular with local Brazilians, the exclusive development offers superb 2 and 3 bedroom apartments with prices starting at just $57,650.

Priced at 16% below current market comparables and with a guaranteed 4 year 6% NET yield offered to investors, Edificio Dr Geraldo Furtado provides the perfect opportunity to reap the rewards from one of the most exciting property markets in the world.

For more information please contact Property Frontiers on +44 (0) 1865 202700.


Ray Withers

Ray has over 17 years’ experience in the international property market and bought his own first international property investment back in 2002. Aside from running Property Frontiers, Ray has been involved in residential, hotel, student and commercial property investment and development in both the UK and overseas and co-wrote "Where to Buy Property Abroad - An Investor's Guide". As Founder and Trustee of the Frontiers Foundation, Ray is directly involved with many of its projects to ensure they have a direct and tangible impact in individual communities across the globe. He is passionate about property, travelling, scouting out new opportunities and finding time to spend with his young family.
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