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Flying over São Paulo's endless "stone jungle". (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

Trip Report: An Intercontinental Odyssey in Times of COVID-19 (Part One)

This is Part One of a two-chapter story about international travel during times of COVID-19. This article introduces the routing, flights and reports the first leg -- a domestic widebody sector from Porto Alegre to São Paulo/Guarulhos with LATAM Brasil. The second part should be published in the next few days. The sun had barely shined when I woke up for my first international flight since February. Back then, when I went to Madrid with Boliviana de Aviación (BoA), things…

LATAM Strengthens Domestic Connectivity Within South America

With the resumption of 11 routes in domestic markets across Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru, LATAM Airlines Group reported that the operational estimate for January 2021 would be 40% compared to the same period of the previous year. These new routes would add 770 daily domestic and international flights connecting…

2020 Brazilian Airlines in Review Part I: After a Lost…

This is part I of a two-part story about 2020 for the major airlines in Brazil in alphabetic order: Azul, GOL and LATAM Brasil. Part I gives a brief introduction about the arrival of the COVID-19 crisis within the industry in the country, the macroeconomic challenges for the country going…

LATAM Strengthens Ties With Aeromexico

LATAM announced it is increasing the scale and breadth of its codeshares with Mexican flag carrier Aeromexico, including on flights from Peru, Colombia, Chile and Brazil. As Delta bought 20% of LATAM last year, the Atlanta-based carrier is aiming to improve synergy in the region by tighting ties between its…

Paraguay Resumes Commercial Flights

The main Paraguayan international airport, Silvio Pettirossi located in Asunción, resumed its commercial activities on Oct. 21, which were suspended since March 24. The Guaraní airport, located in the city of Minga Guazú, Alto Paraná, also restarted its operations. The official resumption of the commercial routes took place during a…

LATAM Brasil Flight Crews Allow Union to Negotiate Wage Reductions

The seemingly endless saga of LATAM Brasil's flight crew negotiations with the airline about permanent wage reductions has reached the end of yet another chapter this week. After voting in July against any wage reductions and further negotiations between the National Union of Aeronauts (SNA) and the airline regarding this…

LATAM Airlines Increases International Destinations in October

LATAM Airlines and its subsidiaries plan to operate in October between 24% and 26% of its total capacity compared to the same month last year. The carrier plans to operate 440 weekly operations — both domestic and international — compared to the 310 in September, representing an increase of 42%.…

Peru To Resume International Flights This Month

After a seven-month suspension, Peru is reopening its skies to commercial flight operations in October. The country’s international trade and tourism minister, Rocio Barrios, announced that international travel will resume on Oct. 5, reinstating commercial connectivity with other Latin American countries first. In an interview with a national radio station,…

LATAM Shows Steady Recovery Despite Financing Struggles

LATAM Airlines reported on Monday its preliminary operating results for the month of August 2020, which demonstrate steady progress in the gradual recovery of the airline's network in both the domestic and international markets. The group operated at 13.9% of its capacity – measured in ASK – compared to August…

Brazil’s Public Bank To Do More In Airline Bailout

After five months of negotiations between stakeholders and airlines, the details and peculiarities of the federal government's aid to Brazilian airlines are finally in their final negotiation stages. According to the now-expected conditions, the government's part in the package will increase from 2.4 billion reais ($440 million) to 3.6 billion…