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Victoria celebrates advent of Chile-Melbourne flights

December 15, 2016 Headline News No Comments Email Email

LATAM Airlines will begin a direct service between Chile and Melbourne next year.

Victoria’s Minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Eren, said South America’s largest airline would operate a tri-weekly service, becoming the only carrier to offer the route.

Melbourne Airport is now home to 31 international airlines. Once LATAM Airlines begins its new service, more than 46,000 international flights to the airport will operate each year.

“Since we came to Government in 2014, we’ve secured an additional 173,000 seats for Victoria,” Eren said.

LATAM B787 Dreamliner

“That’s an estimated economic impact of between AUD 386 million and AUD 575 million.”

Victoria’s Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Philip Dalidakis, said nothing helped more to boost two-way tourism and trade than direct flights between countries.

“Direct flights between Melbourne and Santiago will significantly boost our relationship with Latin America.”

The state’s Minister for Industry and Employment, Wade Noonan, estimated that the arrival of LATAM would generate “up to AUD 98 million in tourism expenditure. That’s more opportunities for local businesses and more jobs for Victorians.”

LATAM’s new Santiago to Melbourne service begins in October 2017.

Edited by William Sykes

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