Qantas will commence direct flights to the Chilean capital, Santiago from early next year.
The direct Sydney-Santiago route will operate three times a week, using a three-class Boeing 747 reconfigured with Airbus A380 product, and replace Qantas’ current direct flights between Sydney and Buenos Aires. Over time, Qantas said it would look to increase the frequency of Santiago services to daily.
From Santiago, Qantas will look to codeshare on regional Latin American routes with its oneworld partner, LAN Airlines.
“Direct Qantas flights to Santiago will give Australian businesses and tourists the ideal gateway into the key markets of South America, offering convenient connections to Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia,” said Joyce.
“There is considerable potential for Qantas to help develop the fast-growing trade, tourism and cultural ties between the Asia Pacific and South American markets. Australia’s location makes it ideally-placed to act as a hub for passenger and freight traffic from Asia to South America, presenting an alternative to the United States.
“We are particularly pleased to be flying into the home of our oneworld partner LAN and look forward to discussing the possibilities for developing a closer relationship,” Joyce concluded.