New flights make Chile a hot destination for Aussies

Michael Turtle
By Michael Turtle
May 27 2022 - 7:30pm
The five-day W Trek through the Torres del Paine National Park is one of the most picturesque walks in the world. Picture: Shutterstock

Hola to South America! Unfortunately, Australia has never had a particularly strong network of flights to South America - but things got even worse as Chilean airline LAN and Brazilian airline TAM gradually merged over the past decade, reducing the total flight numbers (and competition). Then, when the pandemic hit, things went from worse to terrible, with no direct passenger flights between two of the world's southern continents for more than two years.

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Michael Turtle

Michael Turtle

Travel writer

Michael Turtle is an Australian journalist who left his job in television to travel the world forever. He'll show you how to find the lesser-known places, get involved in the culture, learn the history, and meet locals along the way.