Delta Air Lines has boosted connectivity between the U.S. and South America by increasing the number of flights to Santiago de Chile and Buenos Aires. As of October 26, Delta has increased the number of flights from its primary hub—Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)—to Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) in Buenos Aires from five per week to one per day. In addition, the airline’s service from Atlanta to Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport (SCL) has increased daily from three per week as of October 29.
The new daily flights to Buenos Aires are scheduled to leave Atlanta at 8:50 PM each day, landing in the Argentinian capital the next day at 9:00 AM. The return journey leaves Buenos Aires at 9:15 PM each day, touching down in Atlanta at 5:45 AM. This route is operated with the airline’s Boeing 767-400(ER), which has a total capacity of 238 passengers, including 34 seats in the Delta One cabin.
On the other hand, the Atlanta-Santiago route is operated with the Airbus A350-900. This aircraft has an even larger capacity of 339 passengers, including 32 Delta One seats. The daily flights are scheduled to depart Atlanta at 8:15 PM, touching down in Santiago at 7 AM the next day. The return journey takes off from Santiago at 10:30 PM, arriving in Atlanta at 5:40 AM.
This upgraded schedule allows Delta to transport an extra 1,600 passengers per week between the U.S. and Argentina and over 2,300 more passengers between the U.S. and Chile.
Rodrigo Bertola, Delta’s Director of Sales for Latin America, believes the extra capacity will allow the airline to cash in on increased demand over the holiday season. “The increase to daily flights from Atlanta to Argentina and Chile makes it easier for friends and family to reunite for the upcoming holiday festivities and for leisure and business travelers to discover all that these two important cities in South America have to offer,” he said.
The new routes add to Delta’s already strong influence in Latin America. Thanks to the airline’s codeshare agreement with LATAM, passengers can make seamless connections to more than 300 destinations across the U.S., Canada, and South America. The partnership also gives customers of either airline greater opportunities to acquire and redeem loyalty points.
“Thanks to our partnership with LATAM Airlines, our customers will have more access to award-winning customer service and more connection opportunities between the U.S. and South America,” said Bertola. “We look forward to introducing more South American travelers to the Delta Difference.”
Delta is one of many major U.S. airlines that have recently increased flights to South America. American Airlines has also boosted connections to Santiago, resuming its daily flights to the Chilean capital from its hub at Dallas after a seven-month suspension.