LAN Airlines have announced that flights from
Chile to Sydney Australia following the devastating earthquake will resume on
Saturday 6 March 2010.
The full media release from LAN Airlines can
be read below:
LAN AIRLINES – AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
CHILE EARTHQUAKE – MEDIA UPDATE
FRIDAY 05 MARCH – 10.00am SYDNEY / 12.00pm AUCKLAND
LAN AIRLINES RESTORES FLIGHTS FROM
CHILE TO AUSTRALIA
The first flight
from Santiago, Chile, to Sydney, Australia since last weekend’s devastating
earthquake in Chile will arrive tomorrow morning, Saturday 06 March.
Flight LA 801 is
due to arrive at approximately 7:30am.
relatives of passengers and interested media should check the international
arrivals link on the Sydney Airport website www.sydneyairport.com.au or www.lan.com
on Friday night or Saturday morning for updated arrival information.
Subject to final
confirmation, the return flight, LA 800, is scheduled to depart Sydney at 9:55am
on Saturday, flying to Santiago, via Auckland.
LAN has not
operated flights to Sydney since Sunday, 28 February, because of earthquake
damage to the international terminal at Santiago Airport, Chile.
The airline has
now erected a large marquee at the airport as a temporary check in facility for
passengers, and is using buses to ferry passengers to and from aircraft.
now increasing through Santiago Airport, LAN’s main priority is to move the
backlog of its passengers awaiting departure from Santiago, or stranded in
other airports awaiting flights to Santiago.
The airline is
confident of restoring the full schedule of six flights per week on the Sydney
– Auckland – Santiago route by the end of next week.
The first flight
to Auckland following the earthquake arrived yesterday NZ time at 6:10am, and
departed for Santiago late yesterday afternoon.
ticketed to fly on LAN flights LA 800 (Sydney – Auckland – Santiago) or LA 801
(Santiago – Auckland – Sydney) are asked to call the airline in Australia on 1800 558 129 or in New Zealand on 09 308 3352
LAN management and
staff would like to take this opportunity to thank passengers and their
families and friends for their patience and understanding during this very