Photo: United Airlines
With the restrictions and concern for the safety and well-being of the passengers, the flights are also resuming. Argentina recently reopened its borders, particularly for international flights, and it was now up to Chile to let companies take over flights from outside the country.
United Airlines and British Airways announced a few weeks ago that they would resume flights to the country. The American company began operations on November 2nd, while British Airways is scheduled to return on November 8th.
United flights depart Houston at George Bush Intercontinental Airport at 8:35 p.m. (local time) and land in Santiago at 8:25 a.m. (local time) the following day at Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. The flight lasts 8h50 and also takes into account the time zone which will change.
All flights are operated with the Boeing 787-9, which is configured with: 48 seats in Business Class Polaris, 88 in Economy Class Plus and 116 passengers in Economy Class.
Photo – British Airways
British Airways will connect Santiago to London with a four-weekly direct flight. Flights depart Heathrow on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Mondays and depart at 10:15 p.m. local time. The flight will have a duration of 2.15 p.m. This is also due to the time zone that the aircraft will cross. The arrival time in Santiago is 10:00 a.m. the next day.
Like the American company, the British will also put the Boeing 787-9 into service on this route. It has a configuration with fully reclining seats in addition to the revised Business Class.
🇺🇸🇬🇧 Today @united resumes its Santiago-Houston route and @britishairways resumes its Santiago-London route on November 8th.
Another milestone in the reactivation of the aviation industry, helping to bring families back together and contribute to Chile’s economic growth. pic.twitter.com/Vh9o9d801P
– Aeropuerto SCL (AMB) (@NuevoPudahuel) November 2, 2020
The country is in phase 4 of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This means that the virus is widespread and contamination is only through community transmission. The curfew was imposed in Chile at 11 p.m. and remained in effect until 5 a.m. the next day.