LAN Airlines Reports February 2010 Traffic

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LAN Airlines and its subsidiaries recorded a system passenger traffic increase for February 2010 of 9.6% as capacity rose 7.1%. As a result, the companys load factor increased 1.9 points to 81.9%. International passenger traffic accounted for approximately 69% of total passenger traffic.

These figures consider flight cancellations on 27 and 28 February due to the shutdown of the Santiago International Airport as a result of the earthquake that affected Chile on 27 February 2010.

Domestic passenger traffic in Chile, Argentina, Peru and Ecuador rose 7.9% as capacity increased 1.5%. As a consequence, the domestic load factor for the month increased 5 points to 83.1%. International passenger traffic for February rose 10.4% as capacity increased 9.7%. Accordingly, the international passenger load factor for the month increased 0.5 points to 81.4%. International capacity was mainly driven by an increase in operations on routes to the United States and Europe.

During the month of February, cargo traffic increased 31.4%. This increase was mainly due to the recovery in imports in to Latin America driven by Brazil, as well as increased operations to Europe with the Boeing 777-200 freighter fleet. In-line with the higher demand, capacity grew 25.7%. As a result, the cargo load factor rose 3 points to 68.1%.

During February, 83.8% 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 7.6 points compared to February 2009. Punctuality figures exclude operations on 27 and 28 February in Santiago when the Santiago International Airport was closed.

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