Santiago Airport Welcomes The Return Of BA And United

Starting this month, United Airlines and British Airways have announced new flights to Santiago, Chile. Commencing November 2, United Airlines will offer three weekly flights to the Chilean capital from Houston. British Airways will begin its service on November 8, with four weekly flights from London Heathrow (LHR).

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United will be operating a Boeing 787-9 for flights between Houston and Santiago. Photo: United Airlines

United Airlines flights from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL) will depart on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. The 8 hr 50 min flight departs Houston at 20:35, arriving in Santiago at 8:25 +1.

All United Airlines flights from Houston to Santiago will be aboard a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. United Airlines’ Boeing 787-9s feature 48 Polaris business class seats, 88 economy plus seats, and 116 economy class seats.

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British Airways will fly to Santiago four times a week

Flights from London Heathrow on British Airways depart on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Mondays. The 14 hr 45 min flight from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL) departs at 22:15, arriving in Chile at 10:00 +1. All British Airways flights from London to Santiago will be aboard a 787-9 Dreamliner.

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British Airways will start flying again to Santiago from Heathrow in November 2020. Photo: British Airways

British Airways Boeing 787-9s feature a choice of first, Club World, World Traveler Plus, and World Traveler. British Airways first offers eight open suites while Club World offers 42 flatbed seats. World Traveler Plus comprises 39 recliner seats with a pitch of 38 inches, while World Traveler offers 127 standard economy class seats with a pitch of 31 inches.

Chile is moving towards summer

As the northern hemisphere fast approaches winter, Chile’s citizens are looking forward to the arrival of summer. Winter weather in Santiago is in the mid 80 degrees Fahrenheit (30°C) with a low of around 54°F (12°C) at night due to its 1,870 ft (570m) altitude.

Holders of United States, United Kingdom, and European Union passports do not need a visa to visit Chile for up to 90 days but must retain a Tourist Card you have to hand in when you leave the country.

Chile and COVID-19

Currently, foreign nationals can only enter Chile if they have an urgent reason to do so. As of November 2, Chile had 513,188 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.

Chile is currently at phase 4 of the coronavirus pandemic as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This means that the coronavirus in Chile is widespread and not under control and is fueled by community transmission.

There is also a nighttime curfew in effect from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am. As well as the nighttime curfew, travel to Magallanes Region requires proof of a negative PCR-test result given within 72 hours before travel.

Santiago Airport Welcomes The Return Of BA And United
Both BA and United will operate a Boeing 787-9 on the route. Image GCmaps

Travel restrictions and lockdowns can occur without warning, which is why you should closely follow any government warnings regarding travel to another country.

It’s hard to imagine that the new United Airlines and British Airways flights to Santiago will be full of passengers. Chile currently bars international visitors except for urgent reasons, and England goes into a minimum month-long lockdown starting on Thursday.

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