Currently, two airlines offer regular flights between Africa and South America.
Namely TAAG Angola and Ethiopian Airlines, with TAAG offering three weekly flights between Luanda and São Paulo, while Ethiopian has three weekly flights from Addis Ababa to São Paulo, with a continuation to Buenos Aires.
However, this is about to change as, since last week, a Brazilian delegation has been carrying out, a broad international agenda in 11 countries of the Arab world and Eastern Europe in search of business opportunities in different sectors.
RAM will once again operate in a market that in 2019 had about 20 monthly flights to Brazil with more than 93,000 seats available, while Egypt Air is expected to start operating in Brazil after years of planning.
Africa to Latin America
Pre-Covid, there were 44 weekly flights connecting Africa and South America with Royal Air Maroc operating three weekly flights to São Paulo and two to Rio de Janeiro from Casablanca.
LATAM Airlines offered five weekly flights between São Paulo and Johannesburg, while South African Airways had one daily flight on the same route. Cabo Verde Airlines linked Isla de Sal with Fortaleza (5 weekly flights), Porto Alegre (3 weekly flights), Recife (5 weekly flights), and Salvador (3 weekly flights), in addition to Praia with Recife (one weekly flight).
According to data obtained by Cirium, the current offer of seats between Africa and South America represents just 16% of the total that was offered in February 2020, which reached 21,400, meaning there is a lot of room for recovery.
Africa is, after Oceania (15%), the region with which the offer of seats to and from South America has least recovered considering the same periods.
In the Middle East, 96% was recovered, with North America at 83%, and Europe at 76%.