|LATAM Airlines Group reports preliminary monthly statistics for september 2013|
Santiago, Chile, October 11, 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 its preliminary monthly traffic statistics for September 2013 compared to September 2012.
System passenger traffic increased 1.9% as capacity decreased 1.2%. As a result, the Company’s load factor for the month increased 2.6 points to 83.0%. International passenger traffic accounted for approximately 52% 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 12.1%, as capacity increased 10.3%. As a consequence, the domestic passenger load factor increased 1.3 points to 78.8%.
Domestic passenger traffic in Brazil decreased 2.8%, as capacity decreased 6.6%. As a consequence, the domestic Brazil passenger load factor increased 3.2 points to 81.2%.
International passenger traffic rose 2.4%, while capacity decreased 0.5%. Accordingly, the international passenger load factor for the month increased 2.5 points to 85.5%. International traffic includes international operations of both LAN and TAM on regional and long haul routes.
Cargo traffic for LAN increased 0.2% as capacity decreased 0.6%. As a consequence, the cargo load factor increased 0.5 points to 59.2%. The slight decrease in cargo capacity is a result of a reduced freighter operation partially offset by an increased availability in the belly of passenger aircraft.
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 135 destinations in 22 countries and cargo services to about 144 destinations in 27 countries, with a fleet of 325 aircraft. In total, LATAM Airlines Group S.A. has more than 54.000 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.