This week has seen LATAM Airlines bolster its presence to Australia with the addition of an extra weekly service, taking its operation between Sydney and Santiago, Chile (via Auckland, New Zealand) to daily – effective from Wednesday [7 December 2022].
LATAM rebooted flights to Sydney after a two-year COVID hiatus back in March 2022 and has gradually lifted frequencies to five per week mid-year, and then six since October.
“We are excited to finally be operating daily services to Santiago, the gateway to LATAM’s network of more than 120 destinations in Latin America and 144 destinations around the world,” said Chris Ellis, Country Manager Oceania for LATAM Airlines.
“Through working closely with the trade and key strategic partners, we have been able to achieve this milestone.”
Ellis told LATTE the resumption of daily flights will benefit the “huge demand” for travel to Latin America from the Oceania region.
“Daily flights means more seats and availability for our trade partners and passengers,” he said, noting, “the industry is in support of LATAM meeting this demand”.
Ellis said LATAM’s latest operating update forecast a passenger operation of 83% for November, versus the same period in 2019 and pre-pandemic. Projections are the airline will exceed 85% of the operational recovery by the end of the year.
“Demand is steady across all routes, but our top destinations continue to be Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Peru and Colombia,” he said.
“We know that there is huge interest in travelling to South America and we are happy to open the opportunity for more and more travellers to experience the wonders this part of the world has to offer. From adventure to luxury travel, cruising to trains, Latin America with all of its culture, food, wine and beautiful scenery has something for everyone.”
Recently, LATAM achieved a major milestone in flight resumption, meeting the same number of destinations it had prior to the COVID-19 pandemic in November 2019, which was 144 destinations in 22 countries.
Quizzed by LATTE about potential further frequency increases to Sydney, and the potential restart of the short-lived (due to COVID) Santiago-Melbourne service, Ellis said: “We are delighted to have increased services to daily and meet the growing demand for travel to South America. We hope the demand will keep growing and we can continue to meet that demand.”
LATAM is the only airline operating daily flights between Australia/New Zealand and South America. The carrier deploys Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on the route.
Pictured below are photos from some of the excited guests ahead of their departure on the Santiago-bound flight.
Lead image: LATAM Airlines’ Antonio Martos, Sandra Gutierrez, Chris Ellis, Daniela Yepez, Juan Pablo and Shalina Sabar.