VRG begins ticket sales to London

GOL Linhas Aereas
Inteligentes, the parent company of GOL and VRG, which operates
the VARIG brand, has begun selling tickets for VRG’s newest route, Rio
de Janeiro - Sao Paulo - London.“The launch of London flights on October 28 is an important step in
VRG’s expanding international route network, which currently includes
flights to key European cities in France, Italy and Germany,” says Lincoln
Amano, VRG’s commercial director. “By December of this year, we will
provide additional services to Europe through Madrid, Spain as well as to
Latin America, through flights to Mexico City, Mexico; Montevideo, Uruguay;
and Santiago, Chile.”
  The launch flight will depart from Rio de Janeiro’s Tom Jobim Airport
at 8:30 pm, making a connection at Guarulhos at 9:30 pm, before continuing
to the British capital arriving at 3:00 pm. Returning to Brazil, flights
take off from London’s Heathrow Airport at 10:05 pm, landing in Sao Paulo
at 8:15 am and arriving in Rio de Janeiro at 10 am.
  Business travel and tourism between England and Brazil is a key reason
for launching this new route. Trade between Brazil and the United Kingdom
has increased steadily over the past year. Brazilian exports to the U.K.
(which includes England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) grew nearly
9 percent last year, reaching a record US$2.8 billion; the U.K. now ranks
thirteenth among the largest importers of Brazilian goods and services.
Brazil imported approximately US$1.4 billion in goods and services from the
U.K., up nearly 3 percent compared to 2005. According to Embratur (Brazil’s
Tourism Board), England ranks ninth among the top 10 countries providing
tourists to Brazil. Approximately 170,000 English tourists visited Brazil
in 2006 and nearly 175,000 Brazilians traveled to England over the same