LATAM Airlines is reconnecting Ecuador with Argentina via Peru after suspending the route for 31 months due to Covid-19. The daily service will be operated by LATAM Ecuador and begin on October 30.
LATAM Airlines Ecuador flight XL1450 will depart Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) at 18:55, operated by an A319-100, and arrive at Lima Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM), Peru, at 21:10. There is a 2:30 hour stopover in Lima before reboarding the flight to Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) in Argentina, arriving the next day at 06:05. Return flight XL1449 departs Buenos Aires at 07:15 and arrives in Quito at 14:48, after a 2:30-hour layover in Lima. According to ch-aviation.combat am Ecuador has a fleet of six Airbus A319-100s, with an average age of 13.4 years. A319s are configured in an all-economy 144-seat layout.
LATAM Ecuador is increasing frequencies and adding new routes
LATAM Group is adding A320neos to its airlines, most recently LATAM Brazil. Photo: Airbus
With the launch of the new service, LATAM Group will increase service between Buenos Aires and Lima from 21 to 28 weekly flights. LATAM Peru currently operates three flights per day on that leg of the route. Ecuador’s Ministry of Tourism, used by aviationonline.com, reports that Argentina is one of the top sources of tourists from Latin America to Ecuador. In 2019, 36,141 passengers arrived in Ecuador from Argentina.
A bilateral air service agreement between Ecuador and Argentina envisages a limit of seven weekly frequencies per direction. The deal has not changed since 2005 and allows for the addition of seven more weekly services using fifth-freedom rights, such as with stopovers in Santiago de Chile or Lima. The agreement also provides flights originating in the United States, Mexico, or Panama and then continuing to Argentina. LATAM Ecuador is part of the LATAM Airlines Group, which has airlines in Chile, Brazil, Colombia, and Peru.
LATAM Group now has 100 A320neos on order
LATAM has confirmed that the A321XLR will join its fleet as part of the Farnborough Airshow order for 17 more A320neo family aircraft. Photo: Airbus
At last month’s Farnborough Airshow, LATAM ordered 17 Airbus A321neos and confirmed it would introduce the A321XLR to its fleet, although it did not detail a timeline or the number of aircraft. LATAM Group now has 100 A320neos, delivered between 2022 and 2028. The long-range A321XLRs can support international routes to Oceania, the US, and the Caribbean. The aircraft has a range of 4,700 nautical miles (7,400 km) and a flight time of about eleven hours. The A321neo is the largest in the A320neo family, and its new-generation engines and engines deliver more than 20% fuel and CO2 savings and 50% noise reduction.
LATAM Ecuador has also filed a request with the General Directorate of Civil Aviation to amend its operating permit for regular domestic passenger, cargo, and mail air transport services. The airline intends to add a total of 41 new frequencies, with the most significant increase on routes from Quito (UIO) to Cuenca (CUE), Guayaquil (GYE) to Bogota (BOG), Colombia. The domestic route between Quito and Cuenca Mariscal Lamar International Airport (CUE) is new, and if approved, LATAM Ecuador will operate service five times per week. The airline wants to increase service to Bogota El Dorado International Airport in Colombia, the second busiest South America, from 5 to 14 weekly frequencies.
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