With the resumption of 11 domestic routes in Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru, LATAM Airlines Group estimates that the operation for January 2021 could reach 40%, when compared to the same month of 2020. These new routes would total 770 daily domestic and international flights connecting 112 destinations in 16 countries. Of the LATAM affiliates, Chile projects a passenger operation of 30% for January due to setbacks in the reopening processes of many regions across the country and increased restrictions for both domestic and international transport.
LATAM Cargo foresees a beginning of the year in which it will maximize the use of its fleet, especially before February 14, in order to strengthen logistics for the transport of flowers from Colombia and Ecuador.
All projections are subject to the evolution of the pandemic, as well as travel restrictions in the countries where LATAM operates.
During December 2020, the traffic (measured in revenue-passenger kilometers – RPK) was 34.5% in relation to the same month last year. This traffic considered a passenger operation of 38.3% (measured in available seat kilometer – ASK) compared to the same month of the previous year, resulting in a load factor decrease of 8.4 percentage points to 75.2%. The operation has shown signs of a gradual recovery during the last few months and in October and November of 2020, LATAM operated 26.8% and 33.4% of its capacity, respectively, when compared to the same periods of 2019.
The cargo load factor was 62.6%, 5.4 percentage points over the same period last year, highlighting the key role played by LATAM Cargo in recent months.