LATAM Airlines Group reports preliminary monthly statistics for October 2020
Santiago, November 11th, 2020.- LATAM Airlines Group continues to show a gradual recovery of its passenger operation during the last months. In October it operated 26.8% of its capacity (measured in "available seat-kilometer" -ASK), while in September it was 20.0% and in August 13.9% compared to the same period in 2019. This recovery follows a drastic reduction in the LATAM operation last April (5.7%) as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
October’s higher capacity is explained by the increase of the Brazilian domestic market, which represented 52.6% of the capacity operated during this period, which translates into 1.2 million passengers transported out of a total of 1.8 million. In particular, the increase of operations towards the northeast of Brazil stand out.
In October, LATAM Airlines Group restarted international routes from Santiago de Chile to Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia), Guayaquil (Ecuador) and Bogotá (Colombia); from São Paulo, the return of the route to Mexico City; and the resumption of domestic and international air operations from Peru. In total, LATAM and its affiliates made 440 flights a week compared to 310 in September both domestically and internationally, representing a 42% increase.
With respect to the particular operation in October, passenger traffic (measured in "revenue passenger kilometer" - RPK) was a 22.1% of the traffic of the same period of the previous year, reaching a load factor of 68.1% (14.4 percentage points below the previous year).
In relation to cargo operations, the load factor was 78.1% (15.5 percentage points over the same period of the previous year). LATAM Cargo has maximized the use of its B-767F cargo fleet and has used passenger aircraft for exclusive cargo transportation.