Responding to increased demand in travel between Australia and South America, LATAM Airlines will up its frequency between Melbourne and Santiago, Chile from next year.
Effective 1 January 2019, the new schedule will see the South American carrier increase its services between the two cities from three times to five times-weekly.
The only non-stop service linking the Victorian and Chilean capitals commenced in October last year, and LATAM chief commercial officer Roberto Alvo said the two extra flights should add 50,000 passengers per year between the cities.
“LATAM is committed to providing unrivalled connectivity to, from and within Latin America so that more people have the opportunity to experience the unique destinations our region has to offer,” he remarked.
The new timetable will see flight LA804 depart Melbourne (MEL) at 20:10 (local time) on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, arriving in Santiago (SCL) at 19:05 the same day (local time), and LA805 depart Santiago at 12:45 (local time) on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, arriving in Melbourne at 17:30 (local time) the following day.
“Since LATAM’s entry into the Melbourne market, the number of passengers travelling between Melbourne and Santiago has grown significantly, demonstrating the positive impact the airline’s service has had on tourism and education,” Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation Simon Gandy said.
Operated by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, the service offers 274 seats in economy and 30 seats in its Premium Business class.