LATAM Group projects 53% of operation for September
The trend continues to rise for the fifth consecutive month, hand in hand with greater opening of borders and progress in the vaccination process in the countries where the airline operates
LATAM's passenger operational projection for September 2021 is estimated to reach 53% (measured in available seat kilometers - ASK) compared to the same month in 2019, in a pre-pandemic context. The trend continues to rise, with a significant increase in Chile's domestic business that projects 86% in operation compared to the projection for August (70%), due to better sanitary conditions and the consequent increase in mobility within the country.
For December of this year, the group estimates an operation (measured in ASK) between 65% and 70% compared to the same month of 2019, driven mainly by domestic routes in addition to the restart of long-distance routes to Barcelona, London and Milan from Sao Paulo / Guarulhos.
LATAM foresees approximately 970 daily domestic and international flights during September, connecting 117 destinations in 16 countries. The Cargo business has 990 flights scheduled on cargo planes, 16% more than in September 2019. All these projections are subject to the evolution of the pandemic, as well as to travel restrictions in the countries where LATAM operates.
During August 2021, passenger traffic (measured in rented passenger-kilometers - RPK) was 44.7% compared to the same period of 2019, based on an operation measured in ASK (available seat-kilometers) of 49.7% compared to August 2019. This implied that the load factor decreased 8.5 percentage points, reaching 75.3%.
In cargo, the load factor was 61.9%, which corresponds to an increase of 7.4 percentage points compared to August 2019.