Qantas will ramp up its flights from Sydney to Santiago and continue them through to Rio de Janeiro in June to cater for strong demand driven by the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Between June 10 and June 30 Qantas will add two additional Sydney-Santiago flights, while extending four services from Santiago to Rio de Janeiro.
Qantas currently operates three Sydney-Santiago services each week (on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday) as well as codesharing on LAN's daily services.
Here's how the temporary timetable shapes up:
Qantas is the official airline of Australia's Socceroos and Qantas CEO International Simon Hickey expects Qantas' extension of flights from Santiago through to Rio would be welcomed by the many soccer fans who are currently waitlisted on packed flights to Rio.
"We are pleased to offer fans the opportunity to travel with Qantas all the way through to Rio in June and support the Socceroos as they take on the world,” said Hickey said, adding that the Qantas Boeing 747 from Sydney to Santiago and Rio will now be "the fastest way for fans to get from Sydney to Rio.
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