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38 Latin American Airports Have Non-Stop European Routes In September

A total of 38 Latin American airports across the region will have non-stop connectivity to Europe during September, according to data by Cirium. On average, there will be 846 weekly flights departing from these airports to 23 European destinations. Join us in this analysis.

Which Latin American cities have the most connectivity to Europe?

Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico have the most cities connected to European destinations in September 2023. Ten Brazilian airports have direct flights to select European cities; Mexico has five cities, and Colombia has four. Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) has the most significant number of flights to Europe in the region, with 147 weekly flights. This Brazilian airport has 48,358 weekly seats to Europe.

The other Latin American airport to have over 100 weekly flights to Europe is Mexico City’s (MEX). This airport has 107 weekly flights and 30,471 weekly seats available. However, that could change shortly as the Mexican government announced this week that it will forcefully reduce the number of slots at MEX for the upcoming winter season.

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) has 76 weekly flights to Europe; Cancun and Bogota have 73; Lima has 43; Rio de Janeiro has 37; Panama Tocumen has 32; Santiago de Chile has 29; Caracas has 23; Sao Paulo Viracopos has 23; San José has 18, Guayaquil has 13; Montevideo, Cartagena, and Cayenne have 11; and Paramaribo and Fortaleza have ten each. Sao Paulo is Latin America’s largest gateway to Europe, with 166 weekly flights to Europe between its two airports and nearly 55,000 seats.

A total of 20 Latin American cities have nine or fewer weekly flights to Europe. These cities include San Salvador and Medellín (nine weekly flights each), Santa Cruz and Salvador de Bahía (eight), Recife, Monterrey, Guadalajara, and Belo Horizonte (seven), Quito and Brasilia (six), Natal (five), Cali, Belém, and Asunción (four), Porto Alegre and Córdoba (three), Comayagua-Managua, and San Pedro Sula (two), and Puerto Vallarta and Porlamar (one, each).

Which European destinations have the most flights from Latin America

Perhaps unsurprisingly, given its cultural and historical importance, Madrid is the main gateway between Latin America and Europe. The Spanish airport has 311 weekly flights from Latin America, with 94,105 weekly seats available. It is followed by the other culturally and historically related capital between both regions, Lisbon. The Portuguese capital city has 105 weekly flights, all departing from Brazil.

Paris Charles de Gaulle has 90 weekly flights from Europe; Amsterdam has 75; London Heathrow has 49; Frankfurt has 45; Istanbul has 38; Rome Fiumicino has 33; Barcelona has 28; Paris Orly has 17 (making Paris overall surpass Lisbon in terms of weekly flights with 107); and London Gatwick has 13.

Twelve European cities have one daily or fewer flights per week from Latin America. Zurich and Manchester have seven each; Porto, Milan Malpensa, and Munich have five; Brussels and Birmingham have three; Newcastle and Glasgow have two; and Tenerife, Moscow, and Brussels have one each.

In the winter season, there will be more flights between both regions, with some European cities having non-stop seasonal connectivity to Latin America—for example, Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Bristol.

The most important routes

Despite Sao Paulo Guarulhos being the most important city in terms of weekly flights to Europe, it does not have the region’s route with the most weekly frequencies. That honor goes to the Bogota-Madrid route, which has 46 weekly flights, or between six and seven daily. Mexico City-Madrid is in second place, with 35 weekly flights, followed by Buenos Aires-Madrid and Lima-Madrid with 32 and 31 weekly flights each.

Instead, Sao Paulo Guarulhos-Lisbon has 27 weekly flights, and it is the fifth route with the most weekly frequencies. On the other side of the spectrum, six routes have only one weekly frequency. These routes are Puerto Vallarta-Manchester, Porlamar-Moscow, Cancun-Milan, Cancun-Bristol, Cancun-Barcelona, and Caracas-Tenerife.

A view at the airlines operating between these markets

Finally, if we look at the leading airlines operating between both regions, we find no other than Iberia as the top carrier. The Spanish flag company operates 131 weekly flights between Europe and Latin America. Air France is the second-largest carrier between both regions, with 83 weekly flights, followed by TAP Air Portugal with 79, Air Europa with 68, and KLM with 61. LATAM is the Latin American carrier with the most weekly frequencies to Europe, with 61 (divided between LATAM Brasil, LATAM Chile, and LATAM Peru). It is followed by Aeromexico (56) and Avianca (56).

Source: simpleflying