LATAM Airlines group has posted a 7.9% year-on-year increase in traffic in July, in the airline's first consolidated traffic report since LAN and TAM completed a merger in June.
Capacity increased 2.9% while the load factor rose 3.9 percentage points to 83.6%.
Domestic passenger traffic in Chile, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia rose 24.7%, as capacity increased 22.4%, resulting in a 1.5 percentage point increase in the domestic load factor to 81.8%.
Domestic passenger traffic in Brazil rose 10.1%, as capacity decreased 1.4%. The domestic Brazil passenger load factor increased 8.5 percentage points to 81.4%.
International passenger traffic rose 2.6%, with capacity up 1.6%, resulting in a 0.8 percentage point increase in the international load factor to 85.8%.
International traffic includes the international operations of both LAN and TAM on regional and long haul routes.
Cargo traffic fell 4.5% as capacity decreased 2.8%, resulting in the cargo load factor decreasing by 1.2 percentage points to 68.1%.
The decline in cargo capacity is related to the drop in cargo traffic that was driven by weaker imports into Latin America, and partially offset by strong demand for commodities from South America.