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South American oneworld member LAN Peru has announced that it is eliminating nonstop service between its hub at Lima, Peru and San Francisco effective 1st April, 2014. LAN inaugurated services to San Francisco just four years ago in 2010.
LATAM Airlines S.A., the parent company of LAN Peru, will continue to serve the California market via 14 flights per week between Lima and Los Angles, as well daily flights between Los Angeles and Santiago. All flights to Los Angeles are served with the carrier’s new fleet of Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners seating 247 passengers in a 2-class configuration (30J / 217Y).
The suspension is not entirely shocking, given that San Francisco is a stronghold for rival Star Alliance, and the California-South America is a notoriously low-yielding market. LAN sent out the following email notifying passengers of the cancellation
LAN Peru, an affiliate of LATAM Airlines Group S.A. (LAN Airlines), announces today that after nearly four years the airline will suspend operations out of San Francisco International Airport effective April 1, 2014. The last flight departing San Francisco to Lima will be on March 29, 2014.
Passengers can still travel to South America with the ease and convenience of oneworld® and partner airlines that offer connecting service to LAN Airlines and its affiliate’s gateways of Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Orlando.
LAN Airlines and its affiliates, including LAN Peru will increase flights to 14 frequencies per week between Los Angeles and Lima onboard modern Boeing 787 aircraft. This, along with new and existing code share agreements with oneworld® and airline partners will continue to offer passengers options for easy connections from the West Coast to South America.
Passengers who have already purchased tickets for travel on LAN Peru from San Francisco International Airport for travel after April 1, 2014, may call their preferred travel agency or LAN customer service at 1-866-I-FLY-LAN (1-866-435-9526) to update their travel arrangements.
LATAM Airlines Group S.A.