LATAM relaunches direct flight between Santiago and Melbourne

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LATAM Airlines has restarted its direct flights between Santiago and Melbourne for the first time since the pandemic started.

Backed by the Victorian Government and Melbourne Airport, LATAM’s direct flights to Melbourne are starting with three flights a week, adding more than 38,500 seat capacity.

The flights will better connect Victoria to Santiago, as well as other key markets in the region including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia Mexico, and Peru.

Melbourne has returned to 85 per cent of its pre-pandemic international seat capacity as LATAM marks the 36th international airline to restart flights to the state since borders reopened including Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Bamboo Airways, Scoot, VietJet and China Southern Airlines.

“The resumption of flights to Santiago restores our direct connection to South America and brings the number of international carriers flying into Melbourne back to pre-pandemic levels,” said Melbourne Airport CEO Lorie Argus.

“Prior to Covid-19 we had 36 airlines operating international flights into Melbourne Airport and returning to that number has taken hard work from our team and the Victorian state government.”

Chris Ellis, LATAM Airlines Country Manager – Oceania, said the new flights mean they are now able to meet the high demand for travel to South America.

“Our Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will operate three weekly direct services between Melbourne and Santiago, offering over 900 seats per week for both business and leisure travellers,” Ellis said.

“With our return to Melbourne Airport, we now have a total of ten weekly flights connecting Australia and South America.”