Chile’s LATAM Airlines Group SA has asked Brazil’s antitrust regulator Cade to boost its voting stake in LATAM Airlines Brazil to 51%, formalizing a controlling interest in Brazil’s No. 2 airline that for years it was unable to achieve because of local restrictions.
Chilean Minister of Finance Jose Ramon Valente, via its official Twitter account, announced a “20% reduction in the boarding taxes, which will reduce air fares” in the country, both for international and domestic flights. He added traveling overseas no longer is a privilege for the well off.
Chilean airline LATAM has plans to lay off some 1,200 airport-based employees in Brazil and replace them with workers from a services company in an apparent cost-cutting measure, according to a report in O Estado de S. Paulo on Wednesday. LATAM confirmed there would be redundancies but would not give an exact number.
With this year's sell-off in emerging markets assets hasn't just dented investor returns and confidence, but also weighed heavily on global companies with exposure to developing economy currencies. One that is LATAM Airlines, by far South America's biggest carrier and among the world's largest by network connections.