LATAM Airlines announced the Resumption of direct flights from Santiago de Chile to Melbourne, Australia. This more than 11,000-kilometer route promises to become the most important non-stop connection between South America and Oceania.
Until now, LATAM only offered a service from Australia to Sydney, which included a stopover in Auckland, New Zealand. However, the direct connection to Melbourne has been suspended since April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the reactivation, the company now expects to carry nearly 80,000 passengers in its first year of operation, which marks a milestone as it is the longest route in the group.
“We are pleased to resume this route, which today represents the great connection between South America and Oceania for Latin Americans. Every day more people travel to Australia to see the different beaches and landscapes, and there are also more and more young people migrating to work and holiday, improve their English skills, and have a multicultural experience,” said Mara Paz Villasante, Commercial Strategy Manager, LATAM Airlines Group.
In this regard, the managing director stressed that the resumption of this route allows the company to “make offers to our passengers”. There are more connections between the two continents with this second route to Australia and with the quality that distinguishes our service internationally.”
As reported by LATAM, There will be three weekly flights from Santiago to Melbourne, departing on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 00:55 (local time) and arriving at 05:30 (local time) the next day. In the reverse direction, departing from Melbourne on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 12:25 p.m. (local time), arriving in Santiago at 11:20 a.m. the same day
traveler is carried out with Boeing 787-9 aircraft, with capacity for 300 passengers in Premium Business, Economy+ and Economy cabins. It’s important to remember that LATAM had already resumed flights to Australia with connections to Sydney in March 2022 and gradually increased its business activity.