June 04, 2016: LATAM Airlines Brazil has put in place more than 100 special operational measures to ensure efficient services for spectators and delegations during the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The special plan was developed over the past year by a multidisciplinary team comprising people from various areas of the company.
The objective is to ensure the delivery of efficient and on-time services, particularly on key dates of the Games, such as the opening and closing ceremonies when passenger traffic in Rio de Janeiro is expected to peak.
The company anticipates it will transport around 25 percent of the public travelling by air to and from Rio de Janeiro during the Games. Of the 4,500 Paralympic athletes, 30 percent are expected to travel on LATAM Airlines Brazil.
Pre-event planning has included studies, procedure reviews, simulated exercises and additional training, which will be put into practice in August and September.
“We began our preparations in June last year to speed up services for athletes, provide care for Paralympic athletes, accommodate special air cargo and coordinate large-scale simultaneous arrivals and departures in a single city,” said Eduardo Costa, senior director of Services and Innovation at LATAM Airlines Brazil.
LATAM Airlines Brazil is investing up to $20 million in preparation for the Games, with $15 million allocated to special operations and $5 million set aside for potential contingencies during the events.