Santiago, Chile, September 14, 2020– LATAM Airlines Group today reported a gradual recovery of its operations in recent months. In June, LATAM operated 6.4% of its capacity (measured in available seat kilometers (ASK)) compared with the same period in 2019, increasing to 9.2% in July and reaching 13.9% in August. These results follow the drastic reduction in LATAM's operation in April and May 2020 (when it operated 5.7% and 6.7% of its 2019 capacity respectively) due to COVID-19.
In August 2020, system passenger traffic (measured in revenue passenger kilometers (RPK)) decreased 89.1%, while capacity fell 86.1% compared with the same month of 2019.
In Chile, LATAM resumed flights during the month to Copiapó, La Serena and Temuco, also increasing frequencies to destinations such as Iquique, Calama, Antofagasta, Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas. Internationally, LATAM resumed direct flights from Santiago to Madrid.
During the month, LATAM Cargo achieved a load factor of 73.3%, exceeding the 54.5% in August 2019. LATAM Cargo has been able to maximize the use of its Boeing 767F cargo fleet as well as use passenger aircraft for the exclusive transport of cargo with 345 flights of this type during August.