LAN Airlines monthly statistics report for september 2010
International passenger traffic for September rose 15.9% as capacity increased 14.6%.
Santiago, october 8, 2010
LAN Airlines S.A. and its subsidiaries, (“LAN” or “the Company”) (NYSE: LFL/ IPSA: LAN), one of the leading airlines in Latin America, today reported its preliminary monthly traffic statistics and punctuality indicators for September 2010.
During September, system passenger traffic increased 14.4% as capacity rose 13.0%. As a result, the Company’s load factor for the month increased 1.0 point to 79.8%. International passenger traffic accounted for approximately 72% of total passenger traffic.
Domestic passenger traffic in Chile, Argentina, Peru and Ecuador rose 10.7% as capacity increased 9.1%. As a consequence, the domestic load factor for the month increased 1.2 points to 78.1%.
International passenger traffic grew 15.9%, while capacity increased 14.6%. Accordingly, the international passenger load factor for the month increased 0.9 points to 80.4%. During September, international capacity expansion was mainly driven by an increase in operations on routes to Europe and the United States, as well as certain regional routes.
During September, cargo traffic increased 20.4%. This increase was mainly due to the recovery in imports to Latin America driven by Brazil and the increase in operations to Europe with the B777 freighter fleet. In addition, in June 2010 LAN Cargo launched domestic cargo operations in Brazil to Recife and Fortaleza through its affiliate ABSA. In-line with higher demand, capacity grew 20.5%. As a result, the cargo load factor dropped 0.1 point to 69.7%.