A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to officially open LATAM Airlines’ new service between Lima and San Jose in Costa Rica on 2 January. The carrier, which will compete directly with Avianca’s daily service on the 2,567-kilometre route, will offer three weekly (Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays) flights using its A319s.
- LATAM Airlines has kick-started its 2018 operations by commencing three new routes across South America, starting on 2 January with a link between Lima (LIM) and San Jose (SJO). The 2,567-kilometre connection between Peru and Costa Rica will be flown by the oneworld member three times weekly on its A319s, with competition coming in the form of Avianca which already offers a daily service on the city pair. LATAM’s second route launch occurred on 4 January in Santiago (SCL), with the airline starting a twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) service to Punta del Este (PDP). The 1,450-kilometre link between Chile and Uruguay will be served by the airline’s A320 fleet, with competition on the route coming from Sky Airline which also provides a twice-weekly rotation. The final route launch of the week took place on 6 January, when the carrier created a new airport pairing between Florianopolis (FLN) and Montevideo (MVD). Facing no incumbents, the 1,065-kilometre sector between Brazil and Uruguay will be served weekly (Saturdays) by the carrier’s A320s according to OAG schedules. See how San Jose Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.