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.
About LATAM Airlines Group S.A.
LATAM Airlines Group S.A. is the new name given to LAN Airlines S.A. as a result of its association with TAM S.A. LATAM Airlines Group S.A. now includes LAN Airlines and its affiliates in Peru, Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador, and LAN Cargo and its affiliates, as well as TAM S.A. and its subsidiaries TAM Linhas Aereas S.A., including its business units TAM Transportes Aereos del Mercosur S.A., TAM Airlines (Paraguay) and Multiplus S.A. This association creates one of the largest airline groups in the world in terms of network connections, providing passenger transport services to about 150 destinations in 22 countries and cargo services to about 169 destinations in 27 countries, with a fleet of 319 aircraft. In total, LATAM Airlines Group S.A. has more than 52,000 employees and its shares are traded in Santiago, as well as on the New York Stock Exchange, in the form of ADRs, and Sao Paulo Stock Exchange, in the form of BDRs.
Each airline will continue to operate under their current brands and identities. For any inquiry of LAN or TAM, please visit www.lan.com or www.tam.com.br, respectively. Further information at www.latamairlinesgroup.net
(1) Domestic SSC = Domestic passenger operations in Spanish speaking countries carried by LAN. Passenger statistics include domestic operations in Chile, Peru, Argentina, Ecuador and Colombia.
(2) Domestic Brazil = Domestic passenger operations of TAM in Brazil.
(3) International = International passenger operations of LAN and TAM. Historical figures for 2012 and 2013 have been restated to include both LAN and TAM operations.