LATAM Airlines Group S.A. and its subsidiaries, the leading airline group in Latin America, has 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.