Emirates introduces flights to Chile through Sao Paulo
The Chilean capital of Santiago will be Emirates' fourth destination in South America
Emirates airline will start flying to the South American country of Chile for the first time from Thursday, July 5.
Flying a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft on the route to the Chilean capital of Santiago, the Dubai-based carrier will have a stopover at the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, hence connecting both the South American nations with the Dubai International airport.
The new service will see Emirates fly an additional five times a week to Sao Paulo, complementing the airline's existing daily A380 flight between Dubai and the city. In total, Emirates will now fly 12 times a week to Sao Paulo. Citizens from both Brazil and Chile only need ID cards to travel to either country.
The Chilean capital of Santiago will be Emirates' fourth destination in South America.
Sir Tim Clark, president, Emirates, had said that this destination has been added due to strong demand from customers.
According to Saj Ahmad, chief analyst, StrategicAero Research, Emirates starting a new route to Latin America points to the airline building on its capability to connect city pairs using its 777s and A380s aircraft. "Given the near air zero links between the UAE and Chile, Emirates can capitalise on an untapped market and also look to codeshares with carriers that serve Chile too."
Ahmad, however, doesn't see any competition being posed by the Latin American carriers to Emirates.
He emphasised that it's unlikely that LatAm Airlines will respond or start flights to Dubai, so either they'll miss out or they could try and entertain some sort of pact with Emirates to enjoy the spoils, but that's unlikely given the relationship that they already have with other regional carriers.
"In that framework, it's very likely that Emirates will be the sole connector between these two nations," he said, adding that Emirates will target both tourists and business traffic and look for additional regional traffic feed into Dubai and Santiago.
According to Emirates, Flight EK263 will depart from Dubai on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday and Sundays at 9.05am local time, arriving in Sao Paulo at 5pm, before departing again at 6.30pm and arriving into Santiago at 9.40pm on the same day. The return flight EK264 will depart Santiago on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturday and Sundays at 1.10am local time, arriving in Sao Paulo at 5.55am. EK264 will depart from Sao Paulo at 7.45am bound for Dubai where it will arrive at 5.15am the next day.
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