Flight from San Cristobal Galapagos Ecuador Guayaquil with LATAM
Thanks to the support of LATAM Airlines Ecuador, I traveled to GalapagosSpecifically the San Cristobal Island to install a new receiver Flight Radar 24 which it is already operational. As part of this opportunity, I can tell you how this experience and how it works and in flight, the LATAM market.
Buying LATAM.com is simple, not for nothing the airline has received several honors and awards for its e-commerce platform.
The basic steps are as follows:
- Selection of destinations, date and number of passengers.
- Rate selection.
- Additional selection.
- personal passenger data.
Ecuador payment can be in two ways. The first subject that lasts 24 hours to pay the same in 2 national banks and credit card, where all cards and even, Diners Club are accepted.
With the implementation of the new way of flying LATAM on domestic flights of all its subsidiaries, which resembles a form of low cost or low cost, the airline now offers basic rates cheaper, but instead catering sacrifices and free bag of 23 kilos to which we were accustomed.
With the new model additional services are:
- Suitcase in the hold.
- Seat with more space (first row and emergency exit).
- Seats later (second and third row).
- Row preferred (accessed to purchase seats with more space or below).
- Pass customers LATAM category Signature Black, Black and Platinum access the above free of charge.
- Special needs.
With the new way to fly, low and more basic fare airline, called Tarifa Tarifa Light Promo and do not include any suitcase, but a hand luggage up to 8 kilos in weight.
The first extra baggage costs $ 10, the second $ 20 and the third (maximum 3 pack) $ 70.
Details on handling luggage on domestic flights of LATAM Airlines can find them here:www.nlarenas.com/2017/07/llega-mercado-latam-ecuador/
LATAM allows web check-in from 48 to 2 hours before your flight. This can be done from your website and print the boarding pass or send mail through your email.
Also, the mobile app of the airline, which can perform the check and get the boarding pass directly.
If you use the application or asked that you send electronic pass to your email, you do not need to print anything, only shows the boarding pass, which is a QR code at the gate or security checks and ready.
Airport and boarding
If you do not bring bags, with check-in and boarding pass electronic or physical, you can go directly to the gate.
But if you need to send a suitcase into the hold, you'll need to approach the counter check at the airport. Being a flight to Galapagos, it should be at the airport at least 2 hours before flight departure, as the luggage passes through controls sanitary inspection and nature to prevent visitors with animals, plants or other so illegal.
In San Cristobal, Galapagos, the check is pretty quick by the airline staff, serving three checkpoints passengers, so no rows are formed, even when taking into account that the new way of flying, passengers prefer to carry their hand luggage 8 kilos and not paying for extra luggage.
A feature in the boarding process in Saint Kitts and not found in other airports, is that the boarding pass is reviewed by airline staff just before passengers enter migrant and airport security filters. From there, passengers pass the waiting room and then to the aircraft, since control before moving on to the sleeve approach airports, has already been done.
As we read, on domestic flights, LATAM Airlines in all its subsidiaries only offers no cost water to their passengers but has a range of several Ecuadorian local products along with sandwiches, drinks and snacks. These products are tailored to each country.
Since we could not pass up the opportunity because on short flights within Ecuador as a Quito - Guayaquil the LATAM market is limited to snacks and coffee for the promptness required by the service, is that the flight to Galapagos 1 hour 30 minutes it is the perfect route to try this service.
During the flight, passengers can connect to the WiFi network of LATAM Entertainment to use the onboard entertainment system.
This system must be installed on each mobile device as laptops, tablets or mobile. LATAM Entertainment has a wide variety of movies, series, music, documentaries, others and a map to follow the flight in real time.
It is noteworthy that if you use this service has no cost, must have their device in airplane mode, activate only WiFi, but above all, wear hearing aids because nobody wants to be bothered with the noise of a movie during the flight.
An interesting detail in all Galapagos flights from Quito and return, safety announcements were made with audio and demonstration by the crew and not by upper screens.
LATAM Airlines service on domestic flights Ecuador to personally consider that maintains the standards prior to the implementation of the LATAM market.
The warmth of the crew stays, cleanliness and condition of the aircraft also, punctuality no doubt, since during 2017 was the most punctual in EcuadorBut the only change is that there is no free candy before giving instead there is free water and a wide range of products that are acceptable and cost close to what they cost at any airport.
I received some comments indicate that overall airline service has declined and has been affected since its change of LAN to LATAM, but I failed to find that turning point where you can say yes, the service has changed.
At least in Ecuador, for as short flights of 30 minutes on the continent and 1 hour and 30 minutes to Galapagos, the service is more than enough and within the standard to which we are accustomed in the country.
The LATAM market changed the way we see the airline, but some people have seen as a sophistication of service, it should be noted, the products have a very good quality and the price is not high when compared to what they would those same products within an airport.
- Flying to Galapagos must always buy the migration card TCC INGALA, Which costs $ 20 for Ecuadorians, $ 50 for countries of the Andean Community and Mercosur, and $ 100 for other tourists. Never lose this document, but must pay full value again.
- At the airport exit (only Quito and Guayaquil) luggage will always be revised inspection of prohibited goods entering Galapagos, same for the output.
- Entry and immigration control to the Islands should be done with passport and identity card for foreigners to Ecuadorians.