LATAM Airlines’ Santiago to Melbourne
Among the celebrations in Melbourne to welcome its only South American carrier were traditional Chilean dancing and social media photo promotions with the first flight passengers, all of which were greeted off the aircraft by the Melbourne Penguin. Also taking place was a ribbon cutting, with the duties to officially open LATAM Airlines’ new three times weekly service from Santiago being conducted by Valeria Alvano, Senior Manager Strategic Alliances, LATAM Airlines and David Hall, CFO Melbourne Airport.
On 3 October LATAM Airlines commenced flights between Santiago and San Juan in Argentina. Seen speaking at the launch at the latter airport is Rosario Altgelt, CEO of LATAM Airlines Argentina. After Altgelt spoke, a ribbon cutting took place on the apron to declare the 229-kilometre route open.
On 4 October LATAM Airlines inaugurated flights to Neuquen in Argentina, linking the city to Santiago with three weekly flights. The 660-kilometre route, which faces no direct competition, will be flown on the airline’s A320 fleet.
- LATAM Airlines has now gone non-stop Down Under with the launch of its latest intercontinental route. On 5 October the carrier officially inaugurated a three times weekly link between Santiago (SCL) and Melbourne (MEL). The Australian city becomes the carrier’s second destination in Australia, with it already connecting to Sydney from Santiago via Auckland. “We are proud to be the only airline to offer a non-stop connection between Latin America and Melbourne. This new route provides a great opportunity for more people from Australia and Asia-Pacific to visit our region as well as strengthening ties between Latin America and the two regions. With this new Melbourne service, LATAM not only demonstrates its commitment to Australia and Asia-Pacific, but also offers unrivaled connectivity to, from and within Latin America,” said Enrique Cueto, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group about the new service. As stated by Cueto, LATAM will be the only carrier to offer non-stop flights between Melbourne and South America, with no other carrier currently operating the 11,291-kilometre airport pair. Along with introducing service to Melbourne this week, LATAM has also commenced flights to two Argentinian cities from Santiago – San Juan (UAQ) and Neuquen (NQN). The former was the first to launch, with the 229-kilometre link being inaugurated on 3 October, with the latter 660-kilometre sector starting the following day. Both routes will be flown three times weekly on A320s and neither will face direct competition when referring to OAG schedules. See how Melbourne, San Juan and Neuquen airports FTWAs compare to others from around the world.