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The four largest airline participating in Essential Air Service contracts, TOP: Southern Airways Express C208, Cape Air C402 ; BOTTOM. Boutique PC12 , SkyWest CRJ200 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi)

Essential Air Service: What It Is and Why It's Needed

Every year, people around the country pay their taxes and begin to complain about which government programs are necessary and which are not. And every year the same question comes up: why does the government shell out millions of dollars in federal aid to airlines in order to fly — in some cases empty aircraft — to cities nobody has ever heard of? Because it’s essential. History of EAS Essential Air Service has played an interesting role in this country…

LATAM Confirms Demand Recovery for November

LATAM Airlines Group's operational passenger projection for November 2021 is estimated to reach 62% compared to the same month in 2019, as measured in available seat kilometers. According to a press release, for this month, solid results from October have been maintained in the countries where the group operates, with…

Major Latin American Airlines Begin IATA Travel Pass Tests

To re-open borders without quarantine and restart aviation national governments need to be confident that they are effectively mitigating the risk of importing COVID-19. This means having accurate information on passengers’ COVID-19 health status. Informing passengers on what tests, vaccines and other measures they require prior to traveling, details on…

LATAM Announces New Sanitary Measures for Brazil, Chile and Peru

LATAM Airlines announced the entry of new restrictions that South American governments have established for travelers. The measures stated apply to travelers in Brazil, Chile and Peru. These restrictions are for international flights, but there are also requirements for domestic flights. New Measures Stated by Chilean Government According to the…

LATAM Announces Operational Projection for March 2021

LATAM's operational passenger projection for Mar. 2021 is estimated to reach up to 35% (measured in available seat kilometers – ASK) compared to the same month in 2019, in a pre-pandemic context. In a press release, the group has planned 675 daily domestic and international flights, connecting 115 destinations in…

LATAM Projects a Lower Operation in February

LATAM Airlines Group reported that its operational passenger estimate for February would reach up to 35% (measured in Available Seat Kilometers – ASK) compared to the same month of the last year. This statistic is lower in relation to last January, in which the operation was 39.8%, in a scenario…

LATAM Strengthens Domestic Connectivity Within South America

With the resumption of 11 routes in domestic markets across Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru, LATAM Airlines Group reported that the operational estimate for January 2021 would be 40% compared to the same period of the previous year. These new routes would add 770 daily domestic and international flights connecting…

LATAM Airlines Increases International Destinations in October

LATAM Airlines and its subsidiaries plan to operate in October between 24% and 26% of its total capacity compared to the same month last year. The carrier plans to operate 440 weekly operations — both domestic and international — compared to the 310 in September, representing an increase of 42%.…

LATAM Airlines Increasing Subsidiary Operations During September

LATAM Airlines Group reported on Wednesday that it has shown a gradual recovery of its operations in recent months. In April the carrier operated a 5.7% of its capacity, 6.7% in May, 6.4% in June, 9.2% in July, and in August it reached 13.9% of its capacity — measured in…

LATAM to Lay Off 1,400 Workers

LATAM Airlines Group, the largest airline conglomerate in Latin America, announced it will lay off 1,400 workers from its branches in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. The news was confirmed by the company on May 15, after Reuters released an internal video where LATAM CEO Roberto Alvo announced the measures…