SANTIAGO, Sept 9 Latin America's largest
carrier, LATAM Airlines , said total passenger
traffic increased 1.6 percent in August from the previous year.
The company was formed in 2012 from the tie-up of Chile's
flagship LAN and Brazilian airline TAM. In its first year, it
has struggled with rising costs in Brazil, where it is cutting
capacity. A disagreement with Argentina over the use of its
hangar in a Buenos Aires airport added to its woes.
On Monday the airline said capacity in Brazil in August had
been reduced 7.1 percent versus a year ago, with passenger
traffic falling 1.7 percent and load factor, a measure of how
full planes are, rising 4.3 percentage points.