LAN Airlines Reports April 2010 Traffic

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LAN Airlines and its subsidiaries reported a system passenger traffic increase for April 2010 of 0.1% as capacity rose 7.1%. As a result, the companys load factor decreased 5 points to 71.6%. International passenger traffic accounted for approximately 69% of total passenger traffic.

Domestic passenger traffic in Chile, Argentina, Peru and Ecuador rose 6.6% as capacity increased 5.3%. As a consequence, the domestic load factor for the month increased 1 point to 74.6%. International passenger traffic for April declined 2.7% while capacity increased 7.9%. Accordingly, the international passenger load factor for the month decreased 7.7 points to 70.3%.

 Demand for the month continued to show the impact of the earthquake that affected Chile during February causing lower demand especially on regional routes and North American routes.

In April, cargo traffic increased 39.6%, an increase due mainly to the recovery in imports to Latin America driven by Brazil; a seed season considerably better than the previous year, and the increase in operations to Europe with the Boeing 777-200 freighter fleet. In-line with the higher demand, capacity grew 24.3%. As a result, the cargo load factor rose 8 points to 73.6%. During April, 90.6% of the companys 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 0.3 points compared to April 2009.

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