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LAN Airlines Reports July 2010 Traffic

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LAN Airlines’ system passenger traffic for July 2010 increased 14.5% as capacity rose 9.9%. As a result, the company’s load factor increased 3.2 points to 79.2%. International passenger traffic accounted for approximately 70% of total passenger traffic.

Domestic passenger traffic in Chile, Argentina, Peru and Ecuador rose 17.6% as capacity increased 8.9%. As a consequence, the domestic load factor for the month increased 5.8 points to 78.9%.

International passenger traffic for July grew 13.3%, while capacity increased 10.3%. Accordingly, the international passenger load factor for the month increased 2.1 points to 79.4%. During July, international capacity was mainly driven by an increase in operations on routes to the United States, as well as certain regional routes.

During July, cargo traffic increased 20.7%. 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 Boeing 777-200 freighter fleet. In-line with higher demand, capacity grew 19.7%. As a result, the cargo load factor rose 0.5 points to 67.9%.

During July, 74% of the company’s total flights left on time based on a fifteen-minute standard (all departures leaving within fifteen minutes of the scheduled departure time are considered as “on-time”). This represented a decrease of 18.9 points compared to July 2009.

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