LATAM Set To Launch Chile’s Longest Route Yet

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LATAM Airlines Group will start flying from Santiago de Chile to Frankfurt. From 30 June 2020 onwards, the South American carrier will have three weekly non-stop flights.

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LATAM will launch a non-stop flight between Santiago de Chile and Frankfurt. Photo: Bidgee via Wikimedia

The first airline to connect Chile and Germany

With the launch of this new route, LATAM Airlines Group will be the only airline that operates a non-stop flight between Chile and Germany.

To do it, the carrier will use a Boeing B787-8. It will offer up to 30 seats in business and 217 seats in economy. The distance between both cities is approximately 7,508 miles. Nevertheless, it is not in the top 15 longest flights in the world.

It is important to point out that now, LATAM offers ten weekly flights to Frankfurt. Six of these come mostly through their main hub in Sao Paulo’s international airport of Guarulhos. The other three are between Santiago and Frankfurt with a stop in Madrid.

Nicolás Salazar, Network Vicepresident for LATAM said,

“This non-stop flight between Santiago and Frankfurt will increase the connectivity between Chile and Germany. It will improve significantly the flight time for our passengers.”

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The schedule for this new flight will be:

The flight LA708 will leave Santiago on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 21:20 (local time). After that, it will land at Frankfurt at 17:40 (local time) of the next day. The flight time will be of 14 hours and 20 minutes.

The flight LA709 will leave Frankfurt every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at 19:25 (local time). It will land in Santiago at 04:40 (local time) of the next day. However, the flight time will be a little higher at 15 hours and 15 minutes.

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LATAM Airlines will operate the longest flight out of Santiago. Photo: Adam Moreira via Wikimedia

How many flights does LATAM have to Europe

Currently, LATAM flies to seven destinations in Europe: Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, London, Frankfurt, and Milan.

The airline operates 10 weekly flights to Frankfurt; to Madrid operates 21 weekly flights from four countries (Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Germany); to Barcelona operates nine weekly flights. Lastly, LATAM has seven weekly flights from Sao Paulo to Lisbon, Milan, Paris, and London. This gives a total of 68 weekly flights between South America and Europe.

On these routes, the airline uses Boeing B777 and B787 aircraft. To sum up, LATAM Airlines Group has 145 destinations in 26 countries on four continents, as it also flies to Africa and Oceania.

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The non-stop route will have three weekly frequencies. Photo:
Oliver Holzbauer via Flickr.

Santiago de Chile’s connectivity

Santiago de Chile Airport currently has non-stop passenger flights to 62 destinations in 20 countries. Moreover, the hub has bounced back from the delays occurred last year after the riots in the Chilean capital.

According to FlightConnections, the Chilean hub also has 16 domestic flights. Currently, the longest flight from Santiago de Chile is a 7,389 mile non-stop route to Rome, operated by Alitalia. But once LATAM starts its flight to Frankfurt, it will become the longest for the South American airport.

The main airline that operates from Santiago de Chile is LATAM with over 45 destinations. Then comes JetSmart, Sky Airline, GOL, Avianca, Iberia, Air Canada, and American Airlines.

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