Santiago, Chile, February 13, 2013 – LATAM Airlines Group S.A. and its subsidiaries, (“LATAM Airlines Group” or “the Company”) (NYSE: LFL / IPSA: LAN / Bovespa: LATM11), the leading airline group in Latin America, today reported preliminary monthly traffic statistics for January 2013 compared to January 2012.
System passenger traffic increased 6.3% as capacity rose 6.1%. As a result, the Company’s load factor for the month increased 0.1 points to 81.2%. International passenger traffic accounted for approximately 50,6% of the month’s total passenger traffic.
Domestic passenger traffic in LATAM Airlines Group’s Spanish speaking operations (Chile, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia) rose 10.7%, as capacity increased 10.8%. As a consequence, the domestic passenger load factor decreased 0.1 points to 81.0%.
Domestic passenger traffic in Brazil rose 3.8%, as capacity decreased 5.2%. As a consequence, the domestic Brazil passenger load factor increased 7.3 points to 83.8%.
International passenger traffic rose 6.7%, while capacity increased 13.6%. Accordingly, the international passenger load factor for the month decreased 5.1 points to 79.6%. International traffic includes international operations of both LAN and TAM on regional and long haul routes.
Cargo traffic for LATAM Airlines Group decreased 1.1% as capacity increased 4.9%. As a consequence, the cargo load factor decreased 3.2 points to 52.5%. The decrease in traffic was driven by weaker imports into Latin America.