Logan International Airport will offer nonstop flights to Brazil for the first time next summer.
LATAM Airlines’ year-round service to São Paulo will mark the 54th international destination to be served at Logan’s Terminal E, according to a statement from the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport).
Boston will be the airline’s sixth destination in the US, according to the statement.
Logan, according to Massport, which owns and operates the airport, has doubled the number of international nonstop destinations during the past 10 years and served 6.5 million international travelers last year. The airport served more than 36 million travelers total in 2016m the statement said.
Massachusetts has more than 60,000 Brazilian residents, making it home to the nation’s second largest “foreign born Brazilian population” in the US, according to Massport.
Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh welcomed the new route to South America.
“Massachusetts is a global community, home to a large and vibrant Brazilian population and businesses large and small looking for a competitive edge in one of the world’s most robust economies,” Baker said in the statement.
“The addition of nonstop service to São Paulo means another major South American gateway city is now connected directly to Boston’s visitor industry and diversified economic base,” Walsh said, according to the statement.Danny McDonald can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.