British Airways is starting a new direct from Heathrow to Santiago on January 3rd 2017. They will be the only airline that flies direct to Chile from the UK. As you can imagine it is a long one – 14 hours and 40 minutes to be exact, and it’s the furthest that BA fly out of London. This 4 times a week route was decided after BA realised how many people were flying from the UK to Chile and were having to go via Spain. This destination has not been served by a direct flight from the UK in about 20 years.
BA are offering some good deals to mark the launch starting with an economy return from £749. This new route means that BA is now flying direct to 5 destinations in South America – Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Lima and now Santiago.
As a result of this development Chile Turismo is now hoping for a rise in visitors from the UK, perhaps even up to as much as 20%. Last year Chile had 50,000 visitors from the UK and there has been a significant rise already this year, even before the new route begins. The tourist board have been going on a big charm offensive with travel agents in an attempt to make the most of this new opportunity. They are also focusing on the over 50s market but hope travel agents will sell trips to many types of visitors.
Why not take advantage of this new direct flight and visit Chile and all of it’s excellent attractions including the Atacama Desert, the Wine Region, Patagonia and of course Santiago. Have a look at Historic Haciendas for some inspiration on places to stay.
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