Well that sure didn’t last long. As of May 2, 2016, LATAM Peru began flying 3x weekly between Lima and Washington Dulles. This represented their fifth US destination, after Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Orlando, and like most of their other US routes, it’s flown with a Boeing 767-300.
Usually when an airline launches a new route it at least sticks around for a few years as they try to grow the market, but I guess the route must not be doing well for LATAM at all, and they’re ready to cut their losses.
LATAM is discontinuing their flights between Lima and Washington Dulles as of March 1, 2018. While the flight still shows in the schedule (as of now), they’re zeroed out the inventory, and presumably it will be fully removed shortly.
For what it’s worth, the flight has operated with the following schedule:
LA2480 Lima to Washington Dulles departing 12:30PM arriving 8:15PM
LA2481 Washington Dulles to Lima departing 10:05PM arriving 5:30AM (+1 day)
I guess it’s not terribly surprising to see LATAM cut this route. While you’d think the US capital could sustain a flight like this, Washington Dulles isn’t a oneworld hub, so they were relying almost entirely on traffic originating and terminating there. They must have been doing pretty poorly if they couldn’t even get a 3x weekly flight to work.
While LATAM Peru hasn’t announced any expansion to the US, LATAM Brazil has announced two new routes recently, from Sao Paulo to Boston and Las Vegas. I’d love to see LATAM Peru announce some new US routes as well.
Are you surprised to see that LATAM Peru couldn’t make their Washington Dulles route work?