HANGA RAO – Rapa Nui is one of the most remote islands in the world, the air route to get there is complex. LATAM knows the special local requirements – and has also been to Easter Island during the pandemic. After almost two and a half years, the airline brought back tourists for the first time.
Around 230 holidaymakers reached the remote Pacific island last week on the first commercial passenger flight from the Chilean capital Santiago de Chile since the corona pandemic began in early 2020.
Visitors had to be vaccinated against the corona virus and present a negative PCR test.
In the coming weeks there will be two flights with a Boeing 787-9, each with around 300 passengers per week from Santiago to Easter Island – this corresponds to around a third of the capacity before the start of the corona pandemic . The hotel occupancy rate should also be gradually increased from an initial rate of 50%.
Around 6,000 people live on Easter Island, which belongs to Chile. The island is best known for its giant stone statues. The economy is 70% dependent on tourism. Before the start of the pandemic, more than 100,000 holidaymakers came to Easter Island each year.
“LATAM’s scheduled flights during the pandemic ensured care for island residents,” LATAM said. In addition to weekly cargo flights – including 19,700 doses of Covid-19 vaccine – the group operated seven passenger charter flights carrying nearly 4,000 people.
Due to the limited medical capacities on site and the large distance to the mainland, which is around 3,500 kilometers away, the island had largely isolated itself when the first corona cases occurred in Chile in March 2020.
© dpa-AFX, aero.de | Fig. : LATAM | 08/12/2022 06:49