Last Chance for Flights to World Cup 2014 in Brazil, as Airlines Add Hundreds Extra
Last chance to book travel to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup! Regular flights, both into and around the sprawling country, are nearly sold out during the World Cup dates of June 12 - July 13. This means it's time for airlines to announce how many extra planes they'll be running for fans to reach the 12 host cities.
Leading the pack is TAM, Brazil's largest airline, which only just dropped the huge news that they'll add 750 domestic and 300 international flights to supplement their usual schedule, all for travelers and soccer fans eager to visit during the World Cup.
TAM's competitors in the region (Avianca, GOL and Azul) are also throwing extra planes into the sky to help the rush, but nowhere near TAM's outlay. Azul, which only flies domestic routes in Brazil (and was actually created by the same man who founded JetBlue, David Neeleman), will only add around 350 flights during the World Cup period, for example.
Meanwhile, Australian Business Traveler has the scoop on how Down Under plans to get over for the World Cup. Qantas will add two more Sydney-Santiago flights in addition to the existing two, every week through June. Alas, the World Cup is in Brazil, not Chile, so these Santiago-bound 747s will extend on to Rio de Janeiro until the World Cup surge in tourism dies down.
Above: The World Cup stadium undergoing final construction, in Manaus