LATAM announces new Caribbean destination, increases connectivity from Lima
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LATAM Airlines Group today announced two new flights from its Lima hub including a new Caribbean destination, Montego Bay (Jamaica), and a direct service to Calama, Chile.
Starting 1 July 2019, LATAM Airlines Peru will operate three weekly flights to Montego Bay, offering convenient connections with cities in Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia. The route will be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft with capacity for 174 passengers, equivalent to a total of 52,600 seats per year.
The following day (2 July 2019), LATAM will also commence three weekly non-stop flights from Lima to Calama (Chile), the gateway to San Pedro de Atacama, reducing the travel time between the two cities by four hours, 30 minutes.
“Next July, we will offer our passengers even greater choice with a new destination in the Caribbean as well as significantly shorter journey times between Lima and Calama, the gateway to San Pedro de Atacama,” said Enrique Cueto, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group. “As part of our commitment to offering unrivalled connectivity in Latin America, we continue to make it easier to explore the best that this region has to offer, with more destinations and flight options than any other airline group.”
New Caribbean destination: Montego Bay
Located on the north-east of Jamaica, Montego Bay is the island’s financial centre and the principal gateway to many of its resorts and tourist attractions. Jamaica’s year-round tropical climate, white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and rich cultural heritage draw visitors from around the globe.
From 1 July 2019, LATAM Airlines Peru flight LA2464 (Lima-Montego Bay) will depart Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport on Monday, Thursday and Sunday at 12:05, arriving in Montego Bay at 17:00. The return flight (LA2465) will operate on the same days and depart from Sangster International Airport at 18:05, arriving in Lima at 22:50 (all times local).
With the addition of Montego Bay, LATAM will serve five destinations in the Caribbean and Central America: Havana (Cuba), Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), Aruba and San José (Costa Rica), as well other resorts on the Caribbean coast including Cancun (Mexico), Cartagena and San Andrés (Colombia).
Beginning 2 July 2019, LATAM Airlines Peru flight LA2387 (Lima-Calama) will depart from Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 00:15, arriving in Calama at 03:45. The return flight (LA2386) will operate on the same days and depart from El Loa Airport at 04:35, arriving in Lima at 06:05 (all times local).
With an outbound and return flight time of two hours, 30 minutes, the non-stop Lima-Calama service will reduce travel times between the cities by approximately four hours, 30 minutes. The service is also scheduled to connect conveniently with flights to/from the United States and will be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft with capacity for 174 passengers, offering a total of 54,400 seats annually.
LATAM’s network expansion
Over the past three years, LATAM has launched an unprecedented 67 new routes, connecting the region like no other airline group with over 1,300 daily flights to more than 140 destinations worldwide. In 2018 alone, LATAM has inaugurated services to new international destinations including Costa Rica, Boston, Las Vegas, Rome and Lisbon. In December, it will commence flights to Tel Aviv and in 2019 it will serve Munich for the first time.