Latin America and Caribbean airlines passenger traffic increased 4.5% in February

Dear readers,

We hope you are with good health. On this occasion, we present our Traffic Report for February 2020. Although in March the circumstances changed drastically worldwide, it is worthwhile to detail the development trend that air transport in Latin America and the Caribbean was presenting at the beginning of the year.

For February, the region did not perceive the effects of COVID-19 and passenger traffic of the airlines in the region had a 4.5% growth driven once again by the domestic market, while the international market dropped for the sixth month in a row, mainly due to socio-political and socio-economic constraints faced by the region since the third quarter of 2019, in addition to the first effects of travel restrictions due to the evolution of COVID-19 in Europe.

Domestic growth was particularly noteworthy in Brazil (+3%), Mexico (+14%), Chile (+10.9%) and Colombia (+12%). On the other hand, 5.7 million international passengers were carried, of which 3.5 million were international passengers within the region and 2.2 million outside the region. The market from/to Latin America and the Caribbean decreased 1% vs. 2019.

As we know, in March most of the countries in the region decreed mobility restrictions reducing the operation of passengers to a minimum, while still maintaining cargo transport, which is even more relevant in this circumstance since it provides humanitarian support with the efficient transport of medicines, tests, medical personnel, essential goods and supplies for our countries.

Thank you for your reading, and we are at your disposal to provide further information,
Luis Felipe de Oliveira

Panama, April 14, 2020 – The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) announces that Latin America and Caribbean airlines carried 24.2 million passengers in February, up 4.5% – or 1,049,391 additional passengers – from the previous year. Traffic (RPK) increased 2.6% and capacity (ASK) increased 4.7%, bringing the load factor to 79%, 1.6 percentage points lower than in 2019. (see table 1).

Traffic to/from Latin America & Caribbean

Latin America and Caribbean airlines carried 2.18 million passengers to and from Latin America and the Caribbean in February, down 1% from the previous year (see table 2). Traffic (RPK) decreased 0.8% and capacity (ASK) increased 1.2%, bringing the load factor to 78.5%.

Domestic Traffic

Latin America and Caribbean airlines carried 18.5 million domestic passengers in February, and up 6.6% from the previous year. Capacity (ASK) increased 7.8%, bringing the load factor to 79%.

* Most important segments in number of passengers

International Traffic

Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 5.7 million international passengers in February, of which 3.5 million were international passengers within the region and 2.2 million outside the region. Argentina-Brazil was the most important intra-regional market while Mexico-USA was the most important extra-regional market.

* Most important segments in number of passengers

Traffic data from the following airlines is included in this report: Air Panama, Amaszonas, Andes Líneas Aéreas, Aruba Airlines, ASERCA Airlines, Avianca Holdings, AVIOR Airlines, Azul Airlines, Bahamasair, Boliviana de Aviación – BoA, Caicos Express Airways, Calafia Airlines, Caribbean Airlines, Cayman Airways, CM Airlines, Conviasa, Copa Airlines Colombia, Copa Airlines, Cubana de Aviacion S.A, Easyfly S. A., Ecojet, Flybondi, FlyMontserrat, Gol Linhas Aereas, Intercaribbean Airways Ltd, Interjet, Jetsmart, LASER Airlines, LATAM Airlines Group, LIAT , Link Conexion Aerea S.A. de C.V, NatureAir, Norwegian Argentina, Passaredo, PAWA Dominicana, RUTACA, Saint Barth Commuter, SANSA Airlines, SATENA, Seaborne Airlines, Sky Airline, Skybahamas, Southern Air Charter, Star Peru, Sunrise Airways, Surinam Airways, TAG Airlines , TAME Línea Aérea del Ecuador, TAR Aerolineas, Tropic Air, VI Airlink, VivaAerobus, VivaAir Colombia, VivaAir Peru, Volaris, Wingo, Windward Island Airways International

RPK (Revenue Passenger Kilometers) number of passengers carried times the distance traveled | ASK (Available Seat Kilometers) number of seats available for sale times the distance traveled | PLF Passenger Load Factor, obtained by dividing the RPKs by the ASKs | FTK (Freight Ton Kilometers) number of tons of freight carried times the distance traveled.

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