LATAM Airlines has expanded links to South America with the launch of a direct flight from London Heathrow to Lima, Peru’s capital.
The new service marks the only direct flight from the UK to Peru.
The airline will operate the route five times weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
The12-hour flight will be operated using LATAM Airlines’ fleet of Boeing 788 aircraft, with a total capacity of 247 passengers (30 in the Premium Business cabin and 217 in Economy).
Selling Travel was onboard the inaugural flight, which took off last Saturday (December 2), in what signified the first time a Peruvian crew has operated a flight between Peru and the UK.
Passengers were treated to traditional Peruvian music at the gate and experienced a Peruvian menu onboard.
“Today we finally see the strong desire to connect the UK and Peru become a reality with the inauguration of this direct route between London and Lima,” said Davide Ioppolo, Regional Commercial Director Central and Southeast Europe, United Kingdom, Nordic Countries and South Africa of LATAM Airlines.
“This year Peru and the United Kingdom celebrated 200 years of relations, and this flight is a great example of how the two countries continue to work together.
“Next year we are introducing new routes particularly between South America and the USA but we also have a new route scheduled between Madrid – Bogota in Colombia. We have also just launched a Lima – Aruba route which is a great way to combine the culture of Peru with the beaches of the Caribbean.
Ioppolo concluded: “LATAM Airlines is positioned as the best option for anyone who wants to travel to South America, whether they are business or leisure travellers.”
Ricardo Romero Talledo, Director at Trade Commission of Peru in the UK and Ireland, added: “This is a milestone moment for Peru and it is great to see the first flight almost fully booked. We are seeing a lot of demand from travellers from the UK into next year.”
When asked about the destination’s key selling points beyond the iconic Machu Picchu, Talledo said: “We are promoting Peru as a top gastronomy destination and Lima is the Gastronomic Capital of Latin America.”
There are two routes from the UK, from London to São Paulo and the recently launched London-Lima route. In addition, from Lima, passengers will be able to access LATAM’s extensive network of destinations in Peru and other countries in the region.