A limited number of flights between Europe and South America have been restarted by LATAM Airlines Group.

The carrier plans to gradually increase its operations over the next two months, depending on travel restrictions.

LATAM began twice-weekly flights between Frankfurt and Sao Paulo again in early June.

Routes linking the Brazilian city with Madrid and London resumed on Monday,  also with two flights a week. 

The number of weekly flights on all the airline’s European routes will be increased from two to three times a week in July.

Lisbon-Sao Paulo and Madrid-Santiago de Chile routes are due to resume in the second half of July.

International flights via the Sao Paulo hub will connect with Santiago de Chile this month and Montevideo in July. The airline’s domestic networks in Chile and Brazil are also being re-activated.

Europe general manager Thibaud Morand said: “The fresh start-up of long-distance international routes is a good sign for the tourism industry and for the airline industry as a whole.”

The carrier “is responding to its customer’s needs and demand for flight connections in a complicated scenario”.

LATAM has a goal of reaching 18% of capacity and 13 international destinations in Europe, Brazil, Chile, and Ecuador in July. 

Flights being operated during the two months will be subject to the travel restrictions in effect at each destination.

Fares that are on average 20% lower, added health safeguards have been introduced on flights and flexible flight changes offered.