LATAM has brought forward the return of several direct services from South America to Europe. The carrier said the decision follows a recent lifting of restrictions on international travel from Brazil.
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The expanded agreement will allow Qatar Airways passengers to book travel on 45 additional LATAM Airlines Brasil flights and to access over 40 domestic and international destinations.
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The announcement is a result of current market conditions, exacerbated by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the difficulty of building structural agreements with local industry actors, the group explained.
LATAM Airlines Group has sought chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States as the company seeks to reorganise in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. Affiliates in Chile, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador are all involved in the move.
In June, the group expects to increase its total pre-crisis capacity from five to nine per cent, while preparing to reach 18 per cent in July. Additional sanitation measures will also be implemented on all flights.
LATAM Airlines Group has announced a 95 per cent reduction in operations during April. The move comes in light of border closures and lower demand due to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
LATAM Airlines Group will cut international flights by a third as the world struggles to contain an outbreak of Covid-19. The virus, now declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, has caused a precipitous fall in demand for travel.