LATAM Airlines Group reports preliminary monthly statistics for August 2021
Santiago (Chile), September 8, 2021 - LATAM's passenger operation projection for September 2021 estimates the group reaching a capacity of 53% (measured in available seat kilometers - ASK) compared to the same month in 2019, in a pre-pandemic context. The upward trend continues, noting a significant increase in Chile’s domestic market, with an estimated operation of 86% compared to August’s forecast of 70%, as a result of easing restrictions and increased mobility within the country.
For December of this year, the group estimates an operation (measured in ASK) of between 65% and 70% compared to 2019 levels, driven primarily by domestic routes and the resumption of long-haul routes to Barcelona, London and Milan from São Paulo/Guarulhos.
LATAM estimates approximately 970 domestic and international daily flights during September, connecting 117 destinations in 16 countries. Meanwhile, cargo has scheduled 990 flights in cargo freighters during the period, 16% more than in September 2019. All of these projections are subject to the evolution of the pandemic, as well as travel restrictions in the countries where LATAM operates.
During August of 2021, passenger traffic (measured in revenue passenger-kilometers - RPK) was 44.7% in relation to the same period of 2019, based on an operation (measured in ASK) of 49.7% compared to August 2019. Therefore, the load factor decreased by 8.5 percentage points compared to 2019, reaching 75.3%.
With regard to the cargo operations, the load factor was 61.9%, which corresponds to an increase of 7.4 percentage points compared to August 2019.