International visitors to Brazil will usually fly into Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo and will need to book another onward flight to Florianópolis. Please click here for information on transiting through these cities.
These days, aviation safety standards in South America are equal to those found in Europe. Every year, the European Union publishes a list of airlines that are banned from EU airspace due to safety concerns. No South American airlines are on this list.
When flying domestically in Brazil, here are the airlines you can choose from.
LATAM (previously known as TAM) joined forces with the Chilean airline LAN Chile back in 2012 and LATAM is the result. This airline is Brazil’s national carrier and is the largest airline in the country. It’s a member of the Oneworld Alliance. Safety rating: 6/7.
Gol is Brazil’s second-largest airline by market share and has been in business since 2001. Safety rating: 7/7.
Azul is Brazil’s newest airline, and is the country’s third largest. It has been operating in Brazil since 2008 and has the same founder as Jet Blue in the USA. Safety rating: 7/7.
Avianca Airlines has been operating in Brazil since 2009 and is the fourth-largest airline in the country. It’s a member of the Star Alliance. Safety rating: 7/7.
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