After a seven-month hiatus, American Airlines has resumed direct flights between its main hub in Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Santiago de Chile (SCL).
The airline now offers daily flights between its main hub and the Chilean capital, adding to the two existing routes that American operates to Santiago from Miami and New York.
The newly revived route connecting Texas to Chile will depart Dallas-Fort Worth at 6:53 PM each day, arriving at Santiago de Chile Airport at 7:14 AM the next day. The return flight will leave Santiago at 10:02 PM daily, arriving at Dallas at 5:00 AM the following day.
All flights will be operated by the airline’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, which has a total capacity of 234 passengers.
The Dallas-Santiago route was initially suspended by American Airlines in May 2022. This was due to several factors, including the delayed arrival of the airline’s Boeing 787-9 fleet and the natural lack of demand following pandemic-related restrictions.
As well as daily flights to Santiago from Dallas, American Airlines operates seven weekly flights from Miami and three from New York.
The airline also serves several other South American destinations from Dallas, including direct flights to Buenos Aires (EZE) with its 787-9, to both Sao Paulo/Guarulhos (GRU) and Bogota (BOG) with a 777-200(ER), and a direct Lima (LIM) service using an Airbus A321neo.
During the AGM & Airline Leaders Forum 2022 in Buenos Aires last week, American Airlines said it expects to fly over 2,000 flights per week to over 90 destinations across Latin America and the Caribbean over the winter season—a 24.3% increase compared to 2019.
“Following the most critical period of the pandemic, we at American have continued to strengthen our capacity in Latin America and the Caribbean in direct response to the incredible demand we are seeing across the region,” said Jose A. Freig, American’s Vice President of Operations and Commercial for Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America. “We are extremely proud to strengthen our position as a leading airline in the region, offering our customers unparalleled access to the destinations they want to fly to.”