LATAM projects 72% operation for January

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LATAM projects 72% operation for January
Source: Newlink
January 14, 2022

The group warns that the trend of operational recovery in recent months could be severely hampered by the evolution of the pandemic


The LATAM passenger operational projection for January 2022 is estimated to reach up to 72% (measured in available seat kilometers - ASK) compared to the same month in 2019, in a pre-pandemic context. However, this estimate could be corrected downwards due to the increase in cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

For this month, the start of operations of new destinations such as Neiva (Colombia) and Loja (Ecuador) is estimated, 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 in cargo planes with a level of use 8% higher on average than the same period of 2019. Again, all these projections are subject to the evolution of the pandemic, especially the latest cases of the Omicron variant. in the countries where the group operates.

In December 2021, passenger traffic (measured in rented passenger-kilometers - RPK) was 68.8% relative to the same period in 2019, based on an operation measured in ASK (available seat-kilometers) of 70.1 % compared to December 2019. This implied that the load factor decreased 1.6 percentage points, reaching 82.0%.

In cargo, the load factor was 60.6%, which corresponds to an increase of 3.4 percentage points compared to December 2019.

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