British Airways launches direct flight from London to Chile

British Airways is launching the first direct flight between London and Chile in 2017.

The route, which will be introduced from 3rd January 2017, will connect the UK capital with Santiago, becoming the airline’s lengthiest long-haul route. Taking 14 hours 40 minutes, the flight will be almost an hour longer than the airline’s current longest flight to Buenos Aires.

The flight will run four days a week – on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays – and be served by the airline’s newest aircraft, the four-cabin Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

It marks a growing focus from British Airways on Latin American destinations, with new services to San Jose in Costa Rica and Lima in Peru recently introduced. BA already runs flights to Rio and Sao Paulo in Brazil and Buenos Aires in Argentina.

Alex Cruz, Chairman and CEO of British Airways, says the expansion into South and Central America reflects the area’s “continued growth in both business and tourism”.

“The Chilean economy has been steadily growing, with increasing trade links to Europe so this new direct route will respond to the need for travel between the two Capital cities to do business face-to-face,” comments Cruz. “Equally, Chile is of enormous appeal to leisure travellers, especially those looking for adventure, exploration and experiences, thanks to its outstanding and diverse natural beauty and attractions and its great food and wine.”

There’s something for everyone in Chile as a destination. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy skiing and snowboarding around Santiago, trekking around the Andes or water-sports along the extensive coast-line. Thanks to the country’s natural wonders, from the driest desert in the world to the lakes and glaciers, and the huge swathes of national park, there are many different animals and birds to be seen.

Chile also has a rich culture to explore, from Easter Island with its Moai statues to Valparaiso’s old quarter, which has UNESCO heritage site status.

The coastline and the islands around Chile, meanwhile, guarantee plenty of beach holidays for travellers wanting a relaxing break. To celebrate the launch, British Airways is offering a special fare of £749 return in World Traveller (economy), £1,299 in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and £1,999 in Club World (business class).