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Aviation news: LAN Airlines announces new service from Lima to Easter...

Miami – July 2010 - Starting on January 5, 2011, LAN Airlines will begin service between Lima and Easter Island offering two flights a week on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Easter Island inhabitants vote to curb immigrants

The inhabitants of Easter Island in the South Pacific have voted to restrict immigration amid overpopulation fears.

Tourist ruling worries Easter Island residents

It was supposed to be a first step in controlling the throngs of tourists and migrants that threaten the fragile ecology and cultural heritage of Easter Island.

Easter Island still attracts more tourists than it can handle

Scattered around the shores of this tiny Polynesian island, many of the more than 900 male-shaped stone monoliths, called moai, can be found face-down rather than gazing calmly from an upright positio

‘Every flight is full’

EASTER ISLAND, Chile — It's Earth's most-remote inhabited land, a South Pacific speck of volcanic rock so isolated the locals call it "Te Pito O Te Henua," or "the Navel of the World."

Finnish tourist gets punishment after vandalizing Easter Island statue

HELSINKI - A Finnish tourist who vandalized a Moai statue on Easter Island was fined about 10,000 euros (15,700 U.S. dollars) and banned from entering the island for three years by a Chilean court, the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper reported on Monday.The 26-year-old Finnish man was also compelled to make a public apology for his action in front of the court, said the newspaper.

Finnish tourist allegedly breaks earlobe from an Easter Island statue

SANTIAGO, Chile – A Finnish tourist was detained after allegedly stealing a piece of volcanic rock from one of the massive Moai statues on Easter Island. Marko Kulju, 26, faces prison and a fine of $19,000 if convicted of breaking off part of the ear of a Moai, one of numerous statues carved out of volcanic rock between 400 and 1,000 years ago to represent deceased ancestors.