LATAM Airlines Group has reported strong operating results for first quarter 2015, with operating income reaching US$227 million, 102% higher than the US$113 million reported in first quarter 2014. Operating margin reached 8.1%, compared to 3.5% in the same period 2014. The significant margin expansion during the first quarter 2015 was mainly driven by a 16% reduction in the Company’s operating costs. Cost per ASK equivalent decreased by 17%, including the effect of lower fuel prices. Furthermore, excluding fuel, cost per ASK equivalent decreased by 10%, which the airline said reflected “efficiencies achieved as a result of our ongoing cost

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