LATAM Airlines Group reports preliminary monthly statistics for December 2021
Santiago (Chile), January 12, 2022 - LATAM Airlines Group's operational passenger projection for January 2022 is estimated to reach up to 72% (measured in available seat kilometers - ASK) of January 2019 levels and a pre-pandemic context. However, this estimate could adjust downwards depending on the increase in cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
Operations in new destinations, such as Neiva (Colombia) and Loja (Ecuador), are planned to begin this month, in addition to the resumption of the seasonal Santiago-Punta del Este route.
LATAM plans to operate approximately 1,245 daily domestic and international flights during January, connecting 132 destinations in 18 countries. The cargo business has 1,190 flights scheduled on cargo freighters with an average utilization level that is 8% higher than the same period in 2019. These projections are subject to the evolution of the pandemic, particularly the rise in Omicron variant cases in the countries where LATAM Airlines Group operates.
In December 2021, passenger traffic (measured in revenue passenger-kilometers - RPK) was 68.8% in relation to the same period in 2019, based on an operation measured in ASK (available seat-kilometers) of 70.1% compared to December 2019. The load factor decreased 1.6 percentage points, reaching 82.0%.
In regards to cargo operations, the load factor was 60.6%, which corresponds to an increase of 3.4 percentage points compared to December 2019.