I'm curious, what airlines offer direct flights between South America and Africa and what cities do they connect?

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    I wish there was a standardized route map available to find direct flights between destinations, if they exist. inter-continental connections are the bane of my existence – rs79 Jul 28 '11 at 20:52
  • Considering the sizes of the two continents this is a very open question. Can't you narrow it down to a handful of countries? Some people may not feel this is a real travel question and doesn't have one right answer. – hippietrail Jul 29 '11 at 7:42
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    The distance from Sao Paulo to Johannesburg is 7444km the max range of older 747's is 12000km(777-200lr can do about 17000km) and they like to leave a little in the tank just encase which is possibly why you find there aren't a lot of airports with direct flights. However you can certainly get a direct flight from Sao Paulo to Johannesburg. – Stuart Jul 29 '11 at 11:05
  • I don't think range is really much of an issue. You can see here that from Rio de Janeiro a 747 could fly to any point in Africa boeing.com/commercial/747family/pf/pf_rc_riodejaneiro.html – user27478 Jul 29 '11 at 12:13
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    Direct doesn't have to mean nonstop. The SAA flight from Washington DC to JNB pauses in Dakar to refuel and spray insecticide on us all. – Kate Gregory Jul 29 '11 at 13:19

I don't believe a definite list of flights exist, but here's what I found after a fairly exhaustive search.

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina to Cape Town, South Africa on Malaysia Airlines
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina to Johannesburg, South Africa on South African Airways
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil to Luanda, Angola on TAAG Angola Airlines
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil to Johannesburg, South Africa on South African Airways
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Luanda, Angola on TAAG Angola Airlines
  • Fortaleza, Brazil to Praia, Cape Verde on TACV
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  • Malaysia Airlines ceased flying EZE-CPT in February 2011 as part of a restructuring effort. – arboc7 Dec 10 '12 at 3:05
  1. Find a busy city in South America, say São Paulo
  2. Find the web site of its airport: Infraero (all brazilian airports)
  3. Look for a flight from São Paulo on an african company: Consulte seu voo, say South African Airways
  4. And you can find direct flights to Johannesburg.

Another way would be to check national airline companies of major destinations: Cairo, Rio de Janeiro, Nairobi, Buenos Aires, ...

I am not aware of a method for finding all direct flights from one continent to another.

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If you wanted to find out direct flights from one city to another city based on flight schedules, use www.routehappy.com .

Example - all direct flights from Buenos Aires

Disclaimer: I work for Routehappy

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