Chile passenger traffic grows 8% in February

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Passenger traffic in Chile grew 8.2% year-on-year in February to 1.51 million passengers.

International passenger traffic rose 1.1% during the month to 658,000 passengers, says Chile's civil aviation authority JAC. Chilean carrier LAN had a 52% share of the international passenger traffic market, up 8% year-on-year.

Brazil's TAM almost doubled its market share on international flights to 7.1% with 46,600 passengers, placing it as the second carrier in market share after LAN. TAM and LAN closed on a merger last year to become LATAM.

Chile's Sky Airline and Panama's Copa Airlines were in third and fourth place respectively in international market share.

LATAM says TAM's market share of international passenger traffic to Chile had increased due to new routes and frequencies added by the airline on routes between Brazil and Chile. It launched a non-stop flight between Rio de Janeiro Galeao and Santiago on 25 November 2012, complementing LAN's non-stop service on the route.

TAM also added a third daily frequency between Sao Paulo Guarulhos and Santiago, says LATAM.

In the domestic passenger market, traffic increased 14.4% in February to 855,000 passengers. LAN held a 77.2% share of the domestic passenger traffic market in February, while Sky had a 19.6% share.