LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines inaugurate the largest VIP Lounge in South America at the Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport in Santiago, Chile
LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines, members of LATAM Airlines Group, inaugurated the largest VIP lounge in South America in Santiago, Chile. This is the fourth lounge to open its doors in the last two years for LATAM Airlines Group’s preferred passengers. The lounge is located on the 4th and 5th floors of the western sector of Santiago’s international airport, with direct access from the LAN and TAM preferential check-in area. With this, LATAM Airlines Group affirms its presence with exclusive, premier locations in the most important airports in the region.
“We are very proud to inaugurate the largest VIP lounge in South America, created to provide our frequent fliers with a relaxing and exclusive experience in an elegant space that highlights the colors, materials, textures, cuisine, and wines of South America. We understand the needs of the modern passenger and seek to meet these demands with the best solutions and services the industry has to offer. This is the fourth VIP lounge LATAM Airlines Group has inaugurated in the last two years, a huge step towards consolidating our presence and the quality of our services at airports in the region,”commented Jerome Cadier, VP of Marketing at LATAM Airlines Group.
Main features of LATAM Airlines Group’s VIP lounge in Santiago
The lounge covers an area of over 23,000 square feet and accommodates 460 people with high-end service and comfort. It features restful and relaxing spaces, individual restrooms, showers, laundry and shoe-shining services, a sleeping room, chaise lounge for rest and relaxation, a business center, entertainment and videogame zone, unique culinary offerings and an excellent selection of wines. Hours of operation are from 3:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Furnished with lounge chairs and tables, each with their own outlet and free, unlimited Wi-Fi, the lounge allows passengers to stay connected whenever they need.
A kitchen covering over 1,500 square feet features a buffet, which measures over 180 feet and includes dozens of cold and hot food options. In addition, guests may enjoy the bar, which includes a wide variety of premium beverages, including the best wines in the region and our award-winning Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne. Coffee aficionados may also choose hot beverages from renowned coffee brand, Juan Valdez.
To offer a premium experience during all phases of travel, the lounge is connected to the preferential check-in counters of both LAN and TAM, covering an area of over 6,000 square-feet with 14 exclusive check-in counters and self-service kiosks.
Decoration and Design of LATAM Airlines Group’s new VIP lounges
In line with global architectural trends for interior and luxury design, LATAM Airlines Group sought inspiration in South America to define the look of its new spaces, taking the most characteristic elements from each region to create lounges that reflect the continent’s natural heritage. This vision is reflected in the spaces, textures, materials and a series of unique elements that vary by country of origin, incorporating innovative shapes.
The decor features natural materials, such as marble, onyx and leather, with colors and details that represent South America. Furthermore, the environment features ample natural lighting and a unique view of the airport.
Specifically in the Santiago VIP lounge, LATAM Airlines Group sought to incorporate elements emblematic to Chile that represent the region’s native culture, including an enormous 750 square-foot copper structure fixed to the side of the stairs providing access to the second floor.
LATAM Airlines Group opted to hire one of the finest interior designers in South America, Chilean Mathias Klotz, who with the vision of architect Lillian Allen and the global concept generated by Paris-based Studio Putman – one of the top design agencies in the world – were able to execute this project.
Network of LATAM Airlines Group VIP Lounges
Over the last two years, LATAM Airlines Group has inaugurated four VIP lounges for its preferred passengers in the cities of São Paulo, Santiago, Buenos Aires and Bogotá, together representing more than 64,000 square feet. With this, the group affirms its presence and quality of service in the most important airports in the region.
LAN and TAM’s frequent fliers may access more than 600 VIP lounges throughout the world, offered by airlines in theoneworld alliance.
According to recent news, 7 of the 10 best international VIP lounges belong to oneworld members, and one of those recognized is LATAM Airlines Group’s VIP lounge in Bogota.
Passengers with access to LATAM Airlines Group VIP Lounges
LATAM Airlines Group’s VIP lounges are available to all clients traveling in Premium Business on LAN, TAM or anyoneworld alliance airline, and those traveling in LAN’s Premium Economy class. Members of the top categories in the LANPASS loyalty program (Black, Comodoro, Premium Silver), TAM Fidelidade (Black, Vermelho Plus, Vermelho) and respective oneworld categories (Emerald, Sapphire) may also enjoy the space. Additionally, Santander Bank’s World Member clients that fly on LAN are granted access. Moreover, members of the LAN and TAM Black, Emerald and Sapphire categories along with oneworld and World Member clients have the right to bring a guest.
Specifications of LATAM Group VIP Lounge in Santiago:
- Area: 23,357 square feet
- Capacity: 460 people
- 2 floors with elevators and access stairs
- Hours of operation: open for 22 hours daily, from 3:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
- Sleeping area
- Entertainment room with tablets and individual videogames
- 28 individual restrooms
- 10 showers
- Laundry and shoe-shining services
- Iconic furniture from the studio of Andrée Putman
- Tables and chairs equipped with outlets
- Brinton carpets
- More than 46 employees
- 180 foot long buffet area
- 1,539 square feetkitchen area
- Hot beverages from Juan Valdez
- Guallarauco and Häagen-Dazs ice cream
- Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne
- Selection of hot and cold foods
- H2O Amenities
- Trousseau Bathing collection