LATAM Airlines Group S.A. and its affiliates announced today that they will maintain a 95% reduction in passenger operations during May 2020 in the context of travel restrictions and the historical drop in demand due to COVID-19.
“A month and a half since various industry players signaled the greatest crisis the sector has ever faced, today we can see that its effects are deeper and will be longer lasting than we initially anticipated,” said Roberto Alvo, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group. “Faced with this adversity, it is inevitable that the group and its affiliates need to rethink their sizes and how they operate.”
During May, LATAM Airlines Brazil and LATAM Airlines Chile will operate reduced domestic flights to maintain minimum connectivity levels in Brazil and Chile. Subject to travel restrictions and demand, LATAM’s affiliates will evaluate resuming flights in the countries where they are present.
In terms of international services during May, LATAM Airlines Group and LATAM Airlines Brazil plan to operate six weekly frequencies between Santiago and Miami, and three weekly frequencies between São Paulo and Miami, respectively.
Itinerary changes for May will be implemented from next week and customers will be contacted in due course.
LATAM Airlines Group’s cargo subsidiaries, whose operations have not been limited in the same way by travel restrictions, have bolstered their capacity to support import-exports and the transport of essential goods and supplies. Capacity changes include a 40% increase between South America and Europe, a 15% rise between South America and Miami, and new cargo routes from Santiago to Mexico City and Los Angeles. Passenger aircraft are also being used to operate dozens of cargo flights throughout the Americas, and soon will operate to China to transport medical supplies to South America.
LATAM Airlines Group and its subsidiaries will continue to operate international humanitarian flights and charters, subject to requirement, legal restrictions and evaluation. Since the COVID-19 crisis began, LATAM Airlines Group and its subsidiaries have carried more than 100,000 passengers back home and 66 tons of humanitarian cargo as part of its Avión Solidario(Solidarity Plane) program.