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LATAM Airlines reports preliminary April traffic down 1.1%

System passenger traffic decreased 1.1% as capacity rose 0.1%. As a result, the company's load factor for the month decreased 0.9 points to 77.0%. International passenger traffic accounted for approximately 53% of the month's total passenger traffic. International passenger traffic decreased 0.6%, while capacity increased 5.0%. Accordingly, the international passenger load factor for the month decreased 4.5 points to 80.2%. International traffic includes international operations of both LAN and TAM on regional and long haul routes. Cargo traffic rose 10.0% as capacity increased 7.1%. As a consequence, the cargo load factor increased 1.6 points to 61.2%. The growth in cargo capacity is a result of an increased availability in the belly of passenger aircrafts. The increase in cargo traffic was mainly driven by delayed seasonal demand.