Emirates Opens New Route Between Dubai and Santiago de Chile via Sao Paulo

An Emirates 777-200LR on the ramp in Dubai (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Hisham Qadri)

Emirates has recently announced its plan to launch a new, five times a week, service from Dubai to Santiago International Airport (SCL), via the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, starting on July 5, 2018.

The new service will see Emirates fly an additional five times a week to Sao Paulo, complementing the airline’s existing daily A380 flight between Dubai and Sao Paulo. In total, Emirates will now fly 12 times per week to Sao Paulo.

In use of existing fifth freedom agreements, Emirates’ new flight to Santiago will be a linked service with Sao Paulo, similar to the one connecting Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Dubai, via the Brazilian city.  Citizens from Brazil and Chile only need ID cards to travel to either country, as both countries are members of Mercosur, which allows national ID to be used as a regional documentation.

The new route will be operated with a two-class configured Boeing 777-200LR which offers 38 business class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration and 264 seats in economy. The new 777 flight will also offer up to 14 tons of capacity for cargo, opening up access to more global markets for Chilean exports such as fish, seafood, cherries, flowers, and general perishable goods.

Speaking about the new Emirates route, Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline, said, “The start of our operations to Chile underlines our commitment to South America with our fourth destination on the continent and another five flights to Sao Paulo. We are pleased to add a destination that has been in strong demand from our customers and look forward to working with stakeholders in Chile to provide our unique product and award-winning service to passengers there.”

Flight EK263 will depart Dubai on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 09:05 local time, arriving in Sao Paulo at 17:00, before departing again at 18:30 and arriving into Santiago at 21:40 on the same day.

The return flight EK264 will depart Santiago on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 01:10 local time, arriving in Sao Paulo at 05:55. EK264 will depart once again from Sao Paulo at 07:45 bound for Dubai where it will arrive at 05:15 the next day.

Timings of the new service are scheduled to allow for seamless connections to many Asian and Middle East routes, via a convenient stopover in Dubai. Passengers travelling from Sao Paulo will now benefit from a morning departure in Sao Paulo and morning arrival in Dubai, making connecting to new destinations in Southeast Asia, China, and the Middle East more convenient.

Pablo Diaz

Pablo Diaz

Since a little kid, Pablo set his passions in order: aviation, soccer, and everything else. He has traveled to various destinations throughout South America, Asia, and Europe.

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