LATAM outlines capacity plan for 2013

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LATAM Airlines group plans to grow capacity by 2% to 4% in 2013, but will pull down domestic capacity in Brazil as it emphasises capacity discipline in that market.

The carrier, formed by a merger of Chile's LAN and Brazil's TAM in June 2012, said in an earnings call on 20 March that it will reduce domestic Brazil available seat kilometres by 5% to 7% in 2013.

LATAM's systemwide capacity rose 4.3% in 2012, but domestic Brazil capacity declined 1.1% during the year.

The airline group expects cargo capacity to grow 2% to 4% in 2013.

The carrier ended 2012 with 327 aircraft, and expects to have a fleet of 323 aircraft in 2013, 330 aircraft in 2014 and 350 aircraft in 2015.