Heat up some empanadas, pour a whole lot of chicha and turn up the reggaeton, Melburnians have one major reason to host a fiesta – direct flights to South America.

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LATAM has revealed plans to connect Melbourne to South America with the city’s first non-stop service to Santiago, Chile.

Commencing 5 October 2017, direct flights will operate three times weekly on the airline’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

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In addition to drastically reducing travel time to South America, the route will also open Melburnians up to LATAM’s comprehensive network in Latin America such as onward connections to destinations such as São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Lima, Bogota and Quito.

“We’re confident that passengers on both sides of the Pacific will welcome the wealth of attractions, cultures and cuisines that this service will bring even closer.”

Patricio Aylwin, LATAM Airlines Group Managing Director Asia Pacific

“By connecting Melbourne with Chile’s economic and cultural centre – and also a key gateway to the rest of Latin America – this new route will help support the growth of tourism and commerce between the two regions.”

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Flight LA804 will depart Melbourne at 19.55 on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday to arrive in Santiago 13 hours and five minutes later at 19.00 (local time) the same day.

The return service, LA805, will depart Santiago at 12.55 (local time) on Monday, Thursday and Saturday to arrive in Melbourne 15 hours later at 17.55 the following day.

LATAM’s new direct Melbourne-Santiago service will add to the carrier’s current seven flights per week between Sydney and Santiago.

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