Flying Into Chile: What You Need to Know

Chile is a large country and thanks to to its diverse geography as well as an intriguing climate, it attracts thousands of visitors from around the world each and every year. From the sun-drenched beaches of the middle coast to the towering peaks of the Andes mountain range, the fact of the matter is that there is indeed something here for everyone. Of course, the only realistic way to arrive here (short of an extremely long swim) is to procure a flight from London. Let’s take a quick a look at flight times, basic airport information as well as a handful of travel tips that are ideally suited for your much-deserved holiday.

Airport Details, Flight Times and More

We should first mention that Chile is quite a large country. For the sake of brevity, we will only be referring to the largest airport within the nation. This is Comodoro Arturo Benitez International Airport. This is quite a convenient location, as it is located only 16 kilometres outside of the capital city of Santiago. Keep in mind that this hub can also be referred to as Santiago International Airport or Nuevo Pudahuel Airport. This will primarily depend upon who you speak to as well as your primary carrier of choice.

The airport itself is the sixth-busiest in Latin America and it is estimated that more than 19 million passengers were served in 2016. Much of the complex suffered major damage during the 2010 Chilean Earthquake and since this time, major renovations have taken place. This is a bit serendipitous, as travellers can now enjoy modern amenities such as wireless Internet access and mobile phone charging stations. Some of the major airlines which operate out of this airport include:

• Air France
• British Airways
• Delta Air Lines
• LATAM Chile (the largest carrier)
• Iberia
• Air Canada
• United Airlines

Please note that you can also choose to fly to other portions of the country via this airport. Some domestic airlines include Sky Airline, LATAM and One Airlines.

The average flight time between London and Santiago is between 16 and 20 hours. The reason for this discrepancy involves the fact that you will likely require a stopover in another city such as Atlanta or Mexico City. Obviously, these times depend upon the carrier as well as when you book your reservation. Busier times of the year (such as during the South American summer) may be associated with longer travel times due to the increased number of passengers flying on a rather limited number of planes.

What to Keep in Mind

The pound will go a long way when compared to the Chilean currency, so be sure to obtain accurate exchange rates through the help of your bank or a similar reputable financial institution. Flight prices can vary by the hundreds of pounds, so always keep an eye out for any late-breaking deals. If you are looking to save even more funds, sign up for third-party websites which will provide you with email alerts if a flight suddenly becomes available at a specific price.