LATAM Airlines is once again a common sight at the aerobridges of Tullamarine, with the South American carrier resuming non-stop flights between Melbourne and its Santiago hub over the weekend.
Jetting off thrice-weekly on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the rebounded connection ends a three and a half year hiatus between the cities, while also giving Victorians quicker access to over 120 destinations across the continent including Buenos Aires, Lima and Rio De Janeiro.
The 13-hour trans-Pacific hop complements LATAM’s daily flight from Sydney to Santiago via Auckland and brings its Australian connections up to 10 per week.
LATAM’s Melbourne-Santiago schedule is now as follows:
- LA804 takes wing from Melbourne at 12:25pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, arriving into Santiago at 11:20am the same day
- LA805 leaves Santiago at 12:55am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday before descending into Melbourne at 4:30am a day later (this will change to 5:30am once daylight savings kicks in)
Those perched at the pointy end of LATAM’s Dreamliner will enjoy a comfortable lie-flat business class, though it’s worth noting it will be the older-style seat in a less-than-ideal 2-2-2 layout. That means no direct aisle access for every passenger.
Last year, LATAM opened the largest airport lounge in South America, with the 4,000sqm space – which is actually three lounges in one – almost doubling the size of its VIP sanctuary.
In Santiago, travellers will find a city brimming with artistic and cultural delights, from the historic Plaza de Armas main square – home to impressive monuments such as the Metropolitan Cathedral – to the bohemian Bellavista neighbourhood.