As the biggest sporting event in the world, the Rio 2016 Games is a major logistical operation. Between the two events, the Olympic and Paralympic Games will bring together more than 15,000 athletes from 205 countries around the globe to take part in nearly 700 contests across 42 Olympic sports and 23 Paralympic sports.
To help facilitate the movement of people to and from these events, from Rio 2016 staff to spectators, two companies belonging to LATAM Airlines – TAM Linhas Aereas (TAM Airlines) and TAM Viagens (TAM Travel) – have agreed to become sponsors of the Rio 2016 Games. TAM Linhas Aereas will be the official airline for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and TAM Viagens will be responsible for the 2016 Olympic Games National Hospitality and Travel Programme.
Announcing the partnership in São Paulo on Monday (29 June), the President of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, said, "We are pleased to have the support of two companies who are leaders in the Brazilian travel and transport industries in our mission to deliver an excellent and memorable Games. The extensive reach and expertise of TAM and TAM Viagens will be a great help to us in the task of providing an outstanding experience for the thousands of tourists who will come to Rio for the biggest sporting event on the planet.”
LATAM Airlines Group S.A. is one of the largest airline groups in the world, with a fleet of 315 aircraft providing passenger transport services to approximately 135 destinations in 24 countries, and cargo services to about 144 destinations in 26 countries.
"We are the official airline of this great event. We are well prepared and are honoured to have been given the responsibility of connecting people to the Games. We stand for quality and safety, working to the highest standards of excellence and providing a responsive, effective and complete service to our passengers, 24 hours a day," said Claudia Sender, Chief Executive of TAM SA and TAM Linhas Aéreas.