LAN, a member of LATAM Airlines Group, will begin operating four direct flights per week between Santiago and La Paz (Bolivia) from 4 July 2016, on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, to cut journey times and meet passenger demand.
The new direct flight, already on sale, will shorten the five-hour journey time of the current itinerary – which requires a stop in Iquique – to approximately three hours; a two-hour saving in both directions.
“In recent years we have seen a significant increase in the demand for flights between Santiago and La Paz. More than 55 per cent of passengers on the existing route are destined for Santiago or La Paz respectively and have no need to stop in Iquique. The direct flight is great news for passengers and reflects our commitment to improve our services to best meet their needs,” said Gonzalo Undurraga, CEO Chile, LATAM Airlines Group.
In 2015, LAN carried more than 50,000 passengers from Santiago to La Paz via Iquique. With the new direct flight, the company expects the numbers of passengers travelling to this destination to increase by 40 per cent.
LAN has connected Chile and Bolivia since 2003 via Iquique. The airline will continue to operate services via Iquique with two flights per week to Santa Cruz, using Airbus A321 aircraft – which has a greater seat capacity than the Airbus A320 currently used on the route – and a weekly flight to La Paz, maintaining the current schedule.