Luca Zocche, Aeronautics Online Writer

Trans-national South American carrier LATAM plans to commence flights between the continent and Tel Aviv, Israel’s largest city, from the end of 2018. The flight will be the first non-stop flights between Israel and South America and will connect both Chile and Brazil with direct flights to Israel.

The flights will start in Santiago, Chile, and operate with a stop in Sao Paulo. Sao Paulo is LATAM’s largest hub, with Santiago being LATAM’s second-biggest hub; both have hundreds of daily flights to cities across South America. Flights will operate using LATAM’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, three-times weekly.

In recent months, LATAM has announced a number of long-haul routes, including to Boston, Lisbon, and Rome. Rome flights have received approval from the Brazilian authorities, however, Boston, Lisbon, and Tel Aviv are still waiting for approval from international authorities.

“In Brazil, LATAM is the only company that offers a network with such a wide range of destinations and itineraries. This strategic expansion is possible because we remain attentive to all routes opportunities, especially in our hub of Guarulhos, which connects a continent to the rest of the world,” CEO of LATAM Brazil, Jerome Cadier said. “It is also a clear indicator that the reaction of demand in Brazil has focused on the international travel market.”

The service announcement comes after El Al Israeli Airlines and Aerolineas Argentinas announced a codeshare agreement, with passengers able to now fly between Tel Aviv and Buenos Aires through Barcelona and Madrid. El Al announced after the arrangement that they are looking into starting non-stop flights between Tel Aviv and Buenos Aires, as well as more connections between Israel and South America.

Featured image by LATAM.

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