For the first time, Israelis have direct access to Latin America with the launch of a new 11-hour flight route, starting December. The LATAM Airlines flight will operate three times a week and connect Tel Aviv with Santiago, Chile, via São Paulo in Brazil.

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Chile-based LATAM Airlines has launched a new flight route that would for the first time, directly connect Israel with the South American continent, to the delight of many young backpackers in the country. The flights are scheduled to start from December and will be operated three times a week.

Jerome Cadier, chief executive of LATAM Airlines Brazil addressed the launch in a statement on Thursday. “This is a unique service for passengers across much of Latin America,” he explained. “No other airline connects Latin America with Israel. Travelers from Israel, for example, will now be able to travel with ease to Brazil, Argentina and Chile with this new flight.”

Israel’s Tourism Minister Yariv Levin lauded the move and said he believed it would strengthen the cooperation between Israel and the nations of South America. “The launch of the direct route from Brazil to Israel is a significant achievement,” he said. Levin also explained that the route would increase the tourist flow between both regions.