LATAM starts first ever direct Melbourne-Santiago flights

Andrew Munro 6 October 2017 NEWS

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Non-stop to South America.

Today, 6 October, LATAM starts the first ever direct flights between Melbourne and Santiago, Chile.

Departing three times a week on the 15 hour trip, this route will not only cut travel times between Melbourne and Santiago, but also 124 other destinations around Latin America, through LATAM's direct connections.

The initial announcement came with an introductory deal of $1,149 return flights, $50 cheaper than its Sydney-Santiago counterpart.

A good deal on Sydney-Santiago flights isn't much more expensive than that, and LATAM flights from elsewhere in Australia through its oneworld partners can also start routing through Melbourne now.

FlightDeparture timeArrival timeDays of travel
LA804Melbourne-Santiago8.40pm7.55pm same dayTuesday, Friday, Sunday
LA805Santiago-Melbourne1.30pm5.40pm following dayMonday, Thursday, Saturday

LATAM competes with Qantas and Air New Zealand on flights to Chile, but neither can match LATAM's spread of follow-up destinations around the continent.

So whether your eventual destination is Ecuador or Antarctica, this new route might be the quickest way of getting there.

"We’re pleased to provide Melbourne with the first ever non-stop service to Santiago, making it faster and easier for Australians to experience the rich culture, culinary delights and landscapes Latin America has to offer," said Valeria Alvano, LATAM regional general manager of Oceania.

"We’re confident both regions will benefit from the new route, which will help support the growth of tourism and commerce."

As of today, you might be able to find a better deal on flights to South America. If you want to check prices, just plug in the destination and dates below or visit LATAM direct.

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