By KARRYON @karryontravel08 Aug 2018LATAM will increase the number of flights on its non-stop service between Melbourne and Santiago, Chile, in response to growing demand from passengers travelling between Australia and South America. The announcement comes less than a week after the carrier’s Senior VP of Sales expressed a keenness to increase flights from Melbourne and potentially launch direct flights to Brazil. One came true, now it’s just time for those non-stop services to Rio! Starting 1 January 2019, LATAM Airlines will increase its service between the two cities from three to five flights per week, providing greater access to LATAM’s South American network of over 120 destinations. The service, which launched on 6 October 2017, is the only non-stop connection between Melbourne and Santiago and has significantly reduced travel times between the two cities. “LATAM is committed to providing unrivalled connectivity to, from and within Latin America so that more people have the opportunity to experience the unique destinations our region has to offer.” Roberto Alvo, LATAM Airlines Group Chief Commercial Officer “With two extra weekly flights, we expect to transport an additional 50,000 passengers per year between the two cities.” LATAM Airlines flight LA804 will depart Melbourne (MEL) at 20:10 (local time) on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, arriving in Santiago (SCL) at 19:05 the same day (local time), with a flight time of 12 hours 55 minutes. The return flight (LA805) will depart Santiago at 12:45 (local time) on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, arriving in Melbourne at 17:30 (local time) the following day, with a journey time of 14 hours 45 minutes. In addition to its Santiago-Melbourne service, LATAM also operates seven flights per week from Sydney to Santiago (via Auckland). Both flights are operated by state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 aircraft, offering 30 seats in Premium Business and 274 seats in Economy. READ: Airline hopes to launch direct flights from Aus to Brazil READ: Direct Melbourne-Santiago flights are up, up & away Have you travelled to Santiago? Other stories you may like DISTRESSING: Passenger told that her emotional support squirrel could not fly with her GAME CHANGER: A new way to help customers claim flight disruption compensation MUSIC TO OUR EARS: Check out the new Delta Air Lines B777 & win a trip to the GRAMMY Awards® ceremony!