LAN’s April passenger traffic up nearly 14%, cargo capacity falls 5.8%

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Published: May 14, 2012

Chile’s LAN’s system-wide passenger traffic for April increased 13.9% while capacity rose 5.8%. Passenger load factor grew 5.9 percentage points to 83%. 

International traffic accounted for 68.6% of the total figures, with an increase of 12.9% against a capacity growth of 2.3%.  Load factor in the international market grew 8.1 percentage points to 86%.

Reduced capacity on European routes was compensated by increases in operations in routes to Mexico and the Caribbean, as well as regional routes in South America. Consolidated domestic traffic in the markets of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru grew 16.1%, while capacity increased 13.5%, and load factor grew 1.7% percentage point to 77.1%.

Cargo capacity decreased 5.8%, while traffic fell 4.7%; load factor slightly increased 0.9 points to 70.3%.

The company cited decreased availability in passenger aircraft bellies and no incorporation of new freighters since January 2011 as reasons for the capacity downturn.

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