October 18, 2017
LATAM Launching First Direct Routes from Boston-Brazil in Summer 2018

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Boston’s Logan airport has a fairly small international terminal. But as the city keeps growing, thanks in part to the booming biotech industry and the plethora of world class universities and hospitals, the airport has been growing as well. The city expanded international Terminal E about a year ago, adding 95,000 square feet of space, three additional gates, and expanded a runway to allow A380s (the largest commercial aircraft in the world) to land. They also added several new lounges, including a new Lufthansa lounge which I visited a couple weeks ago.

Per the Boston Business Journal, LATAM airlines is taking advantage of the new gates to launch direct flights between Boston (BOS) and São Paulo (GRU) in Summer 2018, subject to regulatory approval. This makes LATAM the first airline to fly directly between Boston and Brazil. I’m a bit surprised it took this long since Boston has a very sizeable Brazilian population. LATAM executive Pablo Chiozza said the following:

“The start of the direct route to São Paulo not only continues to demonstrate our commitment to strengthening the network between the US and South America, but reinforces our position as the leading carrier within the region”

Sao Paulo, Brazil

I’m based in Boston so it’s always nice to see my home airport getting more flights.