LATAM Airlines opens biggest VIP lounge in South America

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LAN and TAM airlines, members of LATAM Airlines Group, have inaugurated the largest VIP lounge in South America in Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport in Santiago, Chile.

The new lounge covers an area of more than 23,000ft² across two floors and can accommodate up to 460 passengers at any given time. Guests will also have access to individual restrooms, showers, and laundry and shoe-shining services, as well as a sleeping room, business center, and entertainment and videogame zone.

Other amenities include free wi-fi throughout and access to a 1,500ft² kitchen with an open buffet with a wide range of hot and cold food options. The lounge bar also serves a variety of premium beverages, including the region’s award-winning Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne.

Jerome Cadier, vice president of marketing, LATAM Airlines Group, said, “We are very proud to inaugurate the largest VIP lounge in South America, created to provide our frequent fliers with a relaxing and exclusive experience in an elegant space that highlights the colors, materials, textures, cuisine, and wines of South America. We understand the needs of the modern passenger and seek to meet these demands with the best solutions and services the industry has to offer.

“This is the fourth VIP lounge LATAM Airlines Group has inaugurated in the last two years, a huge step towards consolidating our presence and the quality of our services at airports in the region.”

To create sense of place for travelers, LATAM hired Chilean interior designer Mathias Klotz, who worked with architect Lillian Allen and Paris-based Studio Putman to create a South American-themed space. This includes the use of warm colors and materials such as onyx, marble and leather, as well as a 750ft² copper screen reflecting the region’s native culture. The lounge will open seven days a week from 3:00am to 1:00am.

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