LATAM Airlines Group (LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines) (Santiago) reported operating income of $234.9 million (US) for fourth quarter 2013, a 166% increase compared to the $88.3 million (US) operating income in fourth quarter 2012. Operating margin reached 6.9%, an increase of 4.4 points compared to 2.5% in 2012. This strong expansion in margins was driven by significant improvement in the financial results of the domestic Brazil operations and the rationalization of international passenger operations, as well as the continued progress of the integration process, synergy and efficiency initiatives.
During the fourth quarter of the year, and in line with the capacity cuts we had anticipated, we strongly decreased our total capacity as measured in ASKs by 4.5% as compared to the same period in 2012. This capacity rationalization was mainly a result of a strong decrease in capacity in our international network, which decreased by 6.5% as compared to the same period in 2012; and the continued rationalization of our domestic Brazil operations.
For full year 2013, LATAM reported operating income of $643.9 million (US), a 605% increase compared to the $91.4 million (US) in full year 2012 (pro forma). Operating margin reached 4.9% an increase of 4.2 points compared to 0.7% in 2012, in line with the guidance provided by the Company.
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Top Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-233 CC-CQN (msn 3319) of Lan Airlines (Chile) arrives at Aeroparque (Jorge Newbery) (AEP) in downtown Buenos Aires.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 PR-MBH (msn 2904) taxies at Buenos Aires downtown airport, Aeroparque (Jorge Newbery).