ALTA commemorates the first anniversary of the Hub of Fortaleza

More than one million additional passengers and more than 7 thousand new domestic and international flights have made the capital of Ceará an important hub of connections.

Panama, May 3, 2019 – One year after the start of operations of the Fortaleza hub, with new direct flights from Pinto Martins International Airport to destinations in Europe, North America and Central America, operated by Air France, KLM , Copa Airlines and GOL, the capital of Ceará became an important domestic pole of connections and gateway to/from Brazil.

According to information from the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), OAG and Amadeus (both travel and air transport data intelligence companies), in the period of 10 months, between May 2018 and March 2019, Fortaleza airport received a total of 6.4 million passengers, 1.02 million additional passengers from the previous period, from May 2017 to March 2018, representing a 19.3% growth.

Among the additional passengers, 800,000 were domestic and 202,000, international. The increase in demand generated 7,165 additional flights, of which 5,605 were domestic and 1,558 were international. Three new airlines started operations at the airport of Ceará and five new routes were opened: 4 international (Fortaleza – Paris, Fortaleza – Amsterdam, Fortaleza – Panama City, and Fortaleza – Orlando) and 1 domestic (Fortaleza – Vitória).

The three largest domestic routes during the period between May 2018 and March 2019, with total number of flights operated, were Fortaleza – São Paulo (10,000 flights), Fortaleza – Recife (6,000 flights) and Fortaleza – Brasilia (4,000 flights ). Among the international routes, the 3 largest markets, with total number of flights operated, were Fortaleza – Lisbon (600 flights), Fortaleza – Miami (400 flights) and Fortaleza – Orlando (300 flights).

Pinto Martins International Airport has become an expressive point of connection through which more than 30,000 passengers traveled on international flights and more than 50,000 on domestic flights. The main domestic routes, with total number of passengers, with connection through the capital of Ceará, were Recife – São Luiz (7,000 passengers), Recife – Teresina (4,000 passengers) and Salvador – São Luiz (3,000 passengers). In international flights, São Paulo – Orlando (3,000 passengers), São Paulo – Miami (2,000 passengers) and Miami – Salvador (1,500 passengers) were the main routes connecting through Fortaleza.

“Brazil has a 117.3 million passengers market and Fortaleza has been able to capture part of this volume. But it is important to remember that there is a large potential international market for Brazil and Fortaleza can be an attractive destination”, says Luis Felipe de Oliveira, ALTA executive director. Oliveira points out that the end of the entry visa requirement in Brazil for citizens of the US, Canada, Japan and Australia may provide the country a market that has not yet been explored. “For now, the movement of passengers is more Brazilians going abroad. With the end of entry visas, if Fortaleza is able to attract seasonal flights, tourists who flee the rigorous winter in their countries and who usually take holidays in the Caribbean, may change this flow. If we think of tourists from just north of the Americas (USA and Canada), we are talking about 600 million people who may be new international passengers to Brazil”.

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