Chile Earthquake Information: LAN Airlines Flights To/From Santiago, Chile Cancelled for Next 24 Hours

February 27, 2010

MIAMI, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ — LAN Airlines informs passengers, in accordance with the announcement from Chile’s Civil Aviation Authority, that the Santiago international airport has been closed due to the earthquake that struck the country earlier this morning.

As a result, LAN Airlines operations to and from the city of Santiago have been temporarily suspended. Passengers on 17 of the airline’s flights from both national and international cities of origin have been redirected to alternative airports in compliance with the Chilean Civil Aviation Authority.

Flight operations will continue as scheduled to all of LAN Airlines and its affiliates South America network and destinations outside of Chile.

The Company has been particularly concerned with meeting the needs of passengers that have been affected by this particular contingency and is providing hotel accommodations and assistance for passengers that were en route to Santiago, as well as flight change options for those affected by cancellations. Passengers that have been re-routed or those looking for additional information can call 1-866-I-FLY-LAN 24 hours a day, or visit lan.com.

LAN regrets any inconvenience experienced by passengers as a result of the earthquake. The airline will continue to provide information and updates about the status of flight operations at the Santiago airport as the information is made available by local authorities in Santiago.

LAN Airlines is based in Santiago, Chile. Americans seeking information on family and friends in Chile should contact the Bureau of Consular Affairs at 1-888-407-4747.

    Press Contact:
    Megan Kat
    305-409-2639 (cell)

    Megan Haney
    610-392-5925 (cell)

About LAN Airlines

LAN Airlines is one of the leading passenger and cargo airlines in Latin America. The company and its affiliates serve over 65 destinations around the world through an extensive network that offers full connectivity within Latin America, while also linking the region with North America, Europe and the South Pacific, as well as 63 additional international destinations through its various alliances. LAN Airlines and its affiliates have a leading position in their respective domestic markets of Chile and Peru, an important presence in the Argentinean domestic market, and recently began domestic operations in Ecuador.

Currently, LAN Airlines and its affiliates operate one of the most modern fleets in the world, with 85 passenger aircraft, and its cargo subsidiary, LAN CARGO and its respective cargo affiliates, have a fleet of 11 freighters. The company recently completed its short haul fleet renovation process by acquiring new aircraft from the Airbus A320 family, enabling LAN to improve its efficiency and to reduce significantly its CO2 emissions. The fleet renovation is part of the company’s commitment to the protection of the environment.

LAN is one of the few Investment Grade airlines in the world (BBB). The company’s world class quality standards enabled its membership in oneworld(tm), the global alliance that encompasses the best airlines in the world. For more information please visit LAN.com or www.oneworldalliance.com


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