The founder of new luxury tour operator Latitude 33, Brett Dudley has personally chartered a Boeing 737 from DAP airlines to move 24 passengers on a South American tour from Calama to Punta Arenas following a snap strike by Sky Airlines as the group was about to leave northern Chile.
Mr Dudley was personally escorting the group which had spent five nights at Tierra in the Atacama Desert and was due to fly south to join a cruise on Via Australis and a further five nights post-cruise at Explora Patagonia.
On April 7 the group were informed there was no flight availability between Calama and Punta Arenas until April 15 prompting the necessity to charter a flight so the group could continue the tour without further delays.
After arriving in Patagonia, Mr Dudley reported that without the charter the tour simply would not have been able to go ahead.
He added, “We are now safely in our lodge in Patagonia, but without the charter we would have been stranded for at least 48 hours, thus missing our cruise connection and throwing the trip into disarray”.
“This is the type of management travellers with Latitude 33 can expect whilst on all our tours, we offer a degree of difference. Our passengers expect high-end skills on our itineraries and I can assure them that this is simply an example of what they can expect if any future unexpected events threaten the progress of our tours”.
Latitude 33 was launched in February this year and specialises in experiential, luxury tours across Africa, South America, Australia, Europe and Asia.