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A LATAM 767-300 landing in Miami. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

LATAM Group Requests Return of 65 Aircraft to Its Lessors and Lenders

This week saw the second court hearing take place regarding the debt restructuring process under the protection of Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Law filed by LATAM Airlines Group. Judge James L. Garrity, from the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York agreed to the 25 motions made by LATAM. According to La Tercera, the topics discussed in the court hearing were related to services, taxes and expenses, insurance, among others. Judge James L. Garrity authorized…

With Future Charter Demand Served by Major Carriers, Chile’s One…

The economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have made its first airline casualty in Chile and the second in South America. One Airlines has announced the end of its operations. The company was a charter operator based in Santiago, mostly serving the mining companies in the northern part of the…

LATAM Makes Significant Route Adjustments Across Multiple Countries

South American carrier LATAM has suspended ticket sales on 23 routes across its network, including several domestic routes within Chile and international routes from Brazil, Chile and Peru. At the same time, the Santiago-headquartered carrier has made the bold move to suspend international destinations from five Argentinean destinations to the…

South American SKY Airline Temporarily Suspends Operations

Chile born SKY Airline has announced it will be temporarily suspending operations from March 25 to April 30 due to a significant slump in demand as governments throughout the region implement travel restrictions to slow COVID-19s contagion curve and passengers suspend short term travel. The news was first reported by…

Hundreds of Flights Cancelled at Santiago Airport as Unrest Continues

Chile’s largest airport has seen massive cancellations this weekend extended until Tuesday, after riots being held over hikes in public transportation fares led to President Sebastian Piñera to instituting a curfew, which takes place from 7 p.m. in the evening to 6 a.m. the next morning. Although air passengers are…

Qantas to Operate 787 Dreamliner Between Sydney and Santiago

Qantas has announced that its service between Sydney and Santiago is the next route to be upgraded to a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, the carrier's latest twin-engine offering. Though still subject to regulatory approval, the service will also have an additional three flights per week to connect the two Southern Hemisphere…

Qantas to Operate 787 Dreamliner Between Sydney and Santiago

Qantas has announced that its service between Sydney and Santiago is the next route to be upgraded to a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, the carrier's latest twin-engine offering. Though still subject to regulatory approval, the service will also have an additional three flights per week to connect the two Southern Hemisphere…

Indigo Partners’ JetSmart Chile Orders Six Additional A320neos, Adds New…

Three years after setting off on Chilean soil, Indigo Partners' JetSmart Chile is ready to set pace for a second base in the country in the city of Concepcion, 300 miles south of the capital of Santiago. Basing new aircraft in the Chilean provincial city, JetSmart will become the first…

LATAM Airlines Group Wants to Increase Ownership in LATAM Brasil

LATAM Airlines Group has requested authorization from the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) in Brazil to increase its stake in indirect shares of LATAM Airlines Brasil from 48.9 percent to 51 percent. Although a mere 2.1 percent increase, the move would give the group, based in Chile, a majority…

Chile Reduces Airport Boarding Fees to Boost Domestic Travel

The Government of Chile announced yesterday a plan to reduce the different boarding fees currently charged at its national airports, in an effort to reduce the impact of the fees into airfares and a further reduction of ticket prices. In the last ten years, domestic fares fell 47 percent while…