LATAM Airlines Posts Narrower Quarterly Loss as Fuel Costs Bite

LATAM Airlines, South America's largest carrier, reported on Tuesday a narrower third-quarter net loss of $296 million, the company said in a statement, partly hit by high fuel prices, Reuters reported. The Chile-based airline's quarterly loss this year compares to a $694 million loss during the same three-month period last year. LATAM's revenue during the July to September period rose 97% to total $2.587 billion compared to the third quarter last year. The airline, created by the 2012 merger of Chile's LAN with Brazilian rival TAM, operates units in Chile, Brazil, Colombia and Peru. The company's quarterly results follow the firm's early November completion of a years-long restructuring. LATAM filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2020 after the airline was hammered during the pandemic. Read more.