LATAM Airlines officially resumed its second route towards australiaconnecting Santiago de Chile International Airport (SCL) to Santiago International Airport Melbourne (EMAIL).
The relaunch of this route on September 1 marks an important step in reconnecting these two continents after a three-year interruption due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. LATAM will operate three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) to the Australian city with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner configured for 313 passengers in three classes, 30 in business class, 57 in premium economy class and 216 in economy class.
The Santiago-Melbourne connection, now reintroduced by LATAM (it began its flights on October 5, 2017 and interrupted them in March 2020), presents itself as the longest bond non-stop network of the airline group, covering a distance of more than 7,000 miles (11,300 km). This is LATAM’s second flight to Australia, and the third to Oceania: it operates daily between Santiago, Auckland And sydney.
The decision to relaunch the Santiago-Melbourne route demonstrates LATAM’s commitment to offering passengers more options and quality service, the company said on Friday. But Melbourne isn’t the only long-haul destination LATAM Airlines is resuming service to this month. On Saturday, LATAM Brasil once again connected the international airport of Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) and Johannesburg International (JNB) in South Africa. The relaunch of this route also marks the start of LATAM’s new interline agreement with South African carrier Airlink.