LATAM Airline adds new routes connecting Brazil

LATAM Airline will launch the first route connecting Israel and Latin America with a new flight from Tel Aviv to Santiago (Chile), via São Paulo (Brazil), as of December. There will be three weekly flights by Boeing 787 aircraft offering 217 economy seats and 30 in premium business.

For 2018 the airline has announced a further 14 international routes that include flights to Rome from São, Paulo, which began in March as well as new operations to Las Vegas (June), Boston (July), Lisbon, and from Fortaleza, in the Brazilian northeast, to Orlando, Florida.

The first scheduled nonstop flights to Las Vegas from Brazil will begin 2 June 2018 with services every Monday, Thursday and Saturday.  The initial seasonal service will operate through 30 September 2018. The route will then return on 15 December 2018 through 28 February 2019.
Brazil represents Las Vegas’seventh strongest overseas market and is the greatest source of international visitors from South America, with more than 150,000 Brazilians visiting annually.
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New Paraguay – Brazil airlink

Amaszonas Paraguay, a subsidiary of the Bolivian operator Amaszonas, has added two new Brazilian destinations to its route map this week, with the carrier launching flights to-and-from Asuncion (ASU) to Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG) and Sao Paulo Viracopos (VCP).

Fights to Rio are flown three times weekly, while Sao Paulo is served four times weekly.

Rio – São Paulo still the busiest route in the Americas

The one-hour flight between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo is again the busiest airline route in the Americas, new research by Routesonline has found.

More than four million people travelled the 378 km between São Paulo Congonhas (CGH) and Rio de Janeiro’s Santos Dumont Airport (SDU) over the past 12 months, putting it comfortably at number one in the rankings.

With an average of 110 flights per day – or one every 13 minutes – the short hop connects São Paulo  with Rio de Janeiro. The route is served by GOL Linhas Aereas, LATAM Airlines Brasil and Avianca Brasil, with the three airlines having a 42 percent, 40 percent and 18 percent capacity share of the market respectively. The average base fare for the journey is $93.

Routesonline’s research used OAG’s Schedules Analyser to identify the top 200 routes in North and South America by capacity from 1 November 2016 to 31 October 2017. The routes were then ranked by passenger figures using data provided by Sabre Airline Solutions over the same time period.

The second busiest route in the Americas connects the capital of Mexico with the tourist hotspot of Cancún. Almost 3.7 million passengers travelled the 1,294 km between Mexico City Juarez (MEX) and Cancun (CUN), with the average cost of a ticket $72.

At number three in the rankings is Los Angeles International (LAX) – New York J F Kennedy (JFK). More than 2.8 million passengers travelled between the east and west coast cities. The average price of a ticket for the flight was $338, making it the most expensive in the top 20. Two other domestic routes completed the top five, with Mexico City Juarez (MEX) – Monterrey Mariano Escobedo (MTY) at number four and Lima (LIM) – Cuzco (CUZ) in fifth.

Another Brazilian domestic route, São Paulo Congonhas (CGH) – Brasilia (BSB), is at number 11 on the list, handling nearly 1.9 million passengers each year.

 

TAM moves terminal at London’s Heathrow Airport

TAM B777 in flightTAM Airlines, Brazil’s major international carrier, moved its operations on 27 May at London’s Heathrow Airport from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3 where it joins a number of other oneWorld partners.

As a member of oneWorld, TAM’s passengers flying in business or with the right card, will be able to use the British Airways’ lounge in the terminal.

TAM currently offers a daily service between London and São Paulo with connecting onward services, while British Airways offers daily services to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro from London Heathrow’s Terminal 5.

New VIP Lounge in Neighbouring Santiago

LATAM Santiago 1LAN and TAM Airlines have opened new VIP Lounge in Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport in Santiago, Chile. The new lounge is thought to be the largest in South America , offering a sleeping area, showers and entertainment rooms as well as areas serving food and beverages.

With a design inspired – like the LATAM lounge in São Paulo – by South American culture and natural heritage, the lounge features natural materials, such as marble, onyx and leather, with colours and details that represent the region.

The new lounge is located on the 4th and 5th floors of the western sector of Santiago’s international airport, with direct access from the LAN and TAM check-in area.

LATAM Santiago 4Like the lounge in São Paulo, the new Santiago lounge is available to all clients travelling in Premium Business on LAN, TAM or any oneWorld alliance airline, and those traveling in LAN’s Premium Economy class. Members of the top categories in the LANPASS loyalty program (Black, Comodoro, Premium Silver), TAM Fidelidade (Black, Vermelho Plus, Vermelho) and respective oneWorld categories (Emerald, Sapphire) can also enjoy the lounge space. Members of the LAN and TAM Black, Emerald and Sapphire categories along with oneworld and World Member clients have the right to bring a guest.

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LATAM opens its new airport lounge in São Paulo

15455946609_6b2c783ca2_zThe LATAM Airline Group has opened its new VIP lounge at the new Terminal 3 in São Paulo International Airport in Guarulhos. The lounge is for passengers flying with TAM or LAN in business or first, as well as passengers flying on oneworld alliance members that include British Airways, American, and Iberia.

The lounge covers an area of 1.800 m², and can accommodate 450 passengers at any one time. It operates daily from 05.00 to midnight.

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More airlines move into Terminal 3 at São Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport

Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 12.04.41Opened in May 2014, the new Terminal 3 at São Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport continues to expand. During August 2014 four more airlines moved to the new terminal. These included Air France, British Airways, KLM, and Iberia. They join Air Canada, Alitalia, China Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Qatar, Singapore Airlines, Swiss Airlines, TAP, Turkish and United, that have already moved their operations to the new terminal. The main Brazilian carrier, TAM, will move later in the year by which time 80% of the airport’s international flights will be using the terminal.

A number of new shops and restaurants have also opened including landside the first Brazilian branch of Red Lobster which is located in the hallway that links Terminal 3 and 2. Other food options include Garrets, Carl’s Jr., Jimmy’s Buffet Margaritaville Ráscal, Viena Snacks, Desfruti, Olive Garden, Piola Piola and Casa Bauduco.

Stores include the bookshop Saraiva, FNAC, and airside, along GRU Avenue, can be found Amsterdam Sauer, Kate Spade, Lacoste, Track & Field, Coach, Burberry, Emporio Armani and Victoria’s Secret.

Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 12.04.58Star Alliance has also opened its new Lounge. About 1,350 square meters in size, the lounge can accommodate up to 295 guests and is open daily from 12.00 noon to 03.00. Access is for passengers traveling on Star Alliance member airlines from Guarulhos in First or Business Class or holding Star Alliance Gold Status. The lounge is located on the mezzanine level, overlooking the atrium and the airport apron beyond, and can easily be reached by escalators or elevators.

In line with the new Star Alliance lounge concept, local touches and flavours have been combined with global branding elements. This has allowed for the creation of a very Brazilian look and feel, reflecting a strong artesian heritage. The use of wood, rope, natural fibers and typical ceramic finishing bring coziness to a sophisticated interior and provides a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere to customers.

The lounge was developed and is operated by In Flight Solutions Brasil on behalf of the Star Alliance. For those wishing to work, free Wi-Fi access is provided throughout the lounge, with convenient power and USB outlets available. A dedicated business center and free Wi-Fi printing is also provided.

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New international terminal opens at São Paulo Guarulhos Airport

SP T3The new international Terminal 3 has opened at São Paulo’s main Guarulhos Airport that is located close to Arena de São Paulo where the opening game of the 2014 World Cup will take place on 12 June.

The first airlines to move into the new 12 million capacity terminal – that has 20 gates – were TAP and Lufthansa on 12 May. They were to be followed by six further international carriers in the coming three weeks.

After the World Cup another 17 companies will move into the new terminal with the Brazilian carrier, TAM, the last to move in September 2014. At that point, further modernisation will take place at terminals One and Two.

By 2022 the entire airport is expected to have doubled its current annual capacity to 60 million passengers.

Distances to travel at the 2014 World Cup

At the group stage of the World Cup fans of teams will have to cover the following distances to watch their team play. Fans of the USA have the furthest to travel, 5607 km, while the fans of Belgium have the least far to travel between games, 698 km.

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  • Brazil – São Paulo-Fortaleza-Brasília = 4.062 km
  • Croatia – São Paulo-Manaus-Recife = 5.531 km
  • Mexico – Natal-Fortaleza-Recife = 1.065 km
  • Cameroon – Natal-Manaus-Brasília = 4.704 km

GROUP B

  • Spain – Salvador-Rio-Curitiba = 1.888 km
  • Netherlands – Salvador-Porto Alegre-São Paulo = 3.159 km
  • Chile – Cuiabá-Rio-São Paulo = 1.936 km
  • Australia – Cuiabá-Porto Alegre-Curitiba = 2.228 km

GROUP C

  • Colombia – Belo Horizonte-Brasília-Cuiabá = 1.500 km
  • Greece – Belo Horizonte-Natal-Fortaleza = 2.269 km
  • Ivory Coast – Recife-Brasília-Fortaleza = 3.349 km
  • Japan – Recife-Natal-Cuiabá = 2.782 km

GROUP D

  • Uruguay – Fortaleza-São Paulo-Natal = 4.697 km
  • Costa Rica – Fortaleza-Recife-Belo Horizonte = 2.272 km
  • England – Manaus-São Paulo-Belo Horizonte = 3.184 km
  • Italy – Manaus-Recife-Natal = 3.092 km

GROUP E

  • Switzerland – Brasília-Salvador-Manaus = 3.672 km
  • Ecuador – Brasília-Curitiba-Rio = 1.759 km
  • France – Porto Alegre-Salvador-Rio = 3.518 km
  • Honduras – Porto Alegre-Curitiba-Manaus = 3.285 km

GROUP F

  • Argentina – Rio-Belo Horizonte-Porto Alegre = 1.683 km
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina – Rio-Cuiabá-Salvador = 3.496 km
  • Iran- Curitiba-Belo Horizonte-Salvador = 1.788 km
  • Nigeria – Curitiba-Cuiabá-Porto Alegre = 2.985 km

GROUP G

  • Germany – Salvador-Fortaleza-Recife = 1.659 km
  • Portugal – Salvador-Manaus-Brasília = 4.545 km
  • Ghana – Natal-Fortaleza-Brasília = 2.125 km
  • USA – Natal-Manaus-Recife = 5.607 km

GROUP H

  • Belgium – Belo Horizonte-Rio-São Paulo = 698 km
  • Algeria – Belo Horizonte-Porto Alegre-Curitiba = 1.890 km
  • Russia – Cuiabá-Rio-Curitiba = 2.254 km
  • South Korea – Cuiabá-Porto Alegre-São Paulo = 2.534 km

TAM Airlines to join oneworld alliance in 2014

Bruce Ashby, CEO oneworld; Tom Horton, President oneworld; Ignacio Cueto, CEO LAN Airlines and Damián Scokin, CEO LATAM International.

Bruce Ashby, CEO oneworld; Tom Horton, President oneworld; Ignacio Cueto, CEO LAN Airlines and Damián Scokin, CEO LATAM International.

LATAM Airlines Group has chosen oneworld to be its global alliance for all its airlines. With this decision – announced on 7 March at a oneworld meeting in Hong Kong – TAM Airlines will now become a member of oneworld, joining LAN Airlines and 11 other member airlines, including British Airways.

TAM will withdraw from the Star Alliance during the second quarter of 2014, on a date to be announced later in 2013. The airline plans to officially join oneworld as soon as it leaves Star Alliance. From that date, TAM passengers will be able to accumulate kilometres/points by flying on any oneworld member airline. Until then, they will continue to receive the benefits offered by the Star Alliance.

“We have evaluated all the existing possibilities and chose the alliance that offers the best benefits to our passengers, in addition to the best connectivity and products, as well as the greatest synergies for the LATAM Airlines Group. We are very happy with our decision,” says Enrique Cueto, CEO, LATAM Airlines Group. “With the incorporation of the LATAM Airlines Group in to oneworld, passengers flying with us will be able to book trips through the oneworld network of destinations and connect from any of the 950 destinations.”

TAM Airlines and TAM S.A. CEO Marco Antonio Bologna adds that the decision to join oneworld “is important news for TAM passengers and we are focused on ensuring a smooth transition to the company, for our partners, and, most importantly, our clients”. According to Bologna, TAM “is joining a growing alliance, that is able to offer the best connection options to our passengers.”

oneworld’s CEO, Bruce Ashby, said: “We are delighted that, after its comprehensive review of alliance options, LATAM not only decided to have LAN remain on board oneworld, but also to include TAM and all the other passenger airline subsidiaries in the LATAM group as well. This solidifies oneworld’s long-standing position as the alliance leader in Latin America and provides an even more attractive proposition for frequent international travellers the world over. We look forward to working with LATAM to ensure a smooth transition to oneworld.”

Currently, oneworld members include airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Royal Jordanian and S7 Airlines, as well as 30 affiliates. SriLankan Airlines and Qatar Airways are in the process of joining the alliance.

During the event in Hong Kong on 7 March, the executives also announced the entry of LAN Colombia in to oneworld as an affiliate member. This will also occur during the fourth quarter of 2013, when it will join other LAN affiliate airlines LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru, reaffirming LAN’s 13-year membership in oneworld.