UK, Chile come closer with new direct flight service

UK, Chile come closer with new direct flight service
Fiona Clouder – British Ambassador to Chile (Photo UK in Chile)

By Mohsin Abbas / The Santiago Times Staff

SANTIAGO — Britain’s top envoy in Chile has hailed the new London-Santiago direct flight service, which boosts the UK’s aim to find trade freedom “beyond the borders of Europe” after last year’s Brexit vote.

This year in January, British Airways started direct flight operations between London (Heathrow) and Santiago (Arturo Merino Benítez), becoming the airline’s longest route – the 14 hours and 40 minutes required to travel to the Chilean capital eclipsing the 13 hours and 50 minutes it currently takes the airline to fly between Heathrow and Buenos Aires.

Fiona Clouder, the British Ambassador in Chile, says the new flight opens up new possibilities of links between UK and Chile in a global world.

“A direct flight opens up real potential for more tourism, more trade, more investment, in both directions. Good for the UK. Good for Chile,” the envoy said at launch of the alliance between British Airway and Banco de Chile this week.

“The flight is already proving very popular -so popular that I could not get on it the other day to go to London, so I am hoping you will put on even more flights!” she added.

She further said many people ask her about Brexit and what is happening. “My answer is this is a great opportunity for links with Chile.”

Ms. Clouder’s statement is followed by PM Theresa May’s address to British Parliament, where she highlighted…