LATAM flies to ten European cities from new hub in Brazil
By Frans van Hees | www.AboutBrasil.com | Week 22, May 2015
Rio de Janeiro —
LATAM, the airline group created after the merger between Chile's LAN and Brazil's TAM, will fly from its
new hub in northern Brazilto ten European destinations. This was said by LATAM's CEO Claudia Sender in an interview with Bloomberg. The new hub should snatch passengers from the Portuguese TAP, among other airlines.
Fortaleza, Natal and Recife, one of these three cities in northern Brazil will become the new international hub for LATAM.
The goal is to significantly expand the number of flights from LATAM between South America and Europe through a new hub in this region.
The northern location of these cities is perfect for LATAM to start an efficient South American hub, with quicker transfer times and less expenses.
Merger LATAM preparing for merger competitor TAP
Mrs Sender said that LATAM desires to fly to ten European cities from the new hub. That is double the current number of
European destinations of TAM. The Brazilian airline currently flies to London, Paris, Frankfurt, Milan and Madrid. From October, also to Barcelona.
At the end of this year it should be clear which of the three
airports in Brazilwill be the new LATAM hub. The first flights will be able to start in December 2016.
The new hub operation will be fierce competition for the Portuguese TAP in the first place. And that may be necessary, because two of the three candidates for acquisition of the Portuguese airline are two major competitors of LATAM.