Latin American and Caribbean Airlines Passenger Traffic Grew 7.1% in February

Dear readers,

It is a pleasure to announce that, in February 2019, the airlines in the region carried more than 1.5 million additional passengers, reaching a 7.1% growth compared to February 2018.

The Brazilian domestic market accounted for more than 30% of the total growth, achieving a percentage growth of 7.8% or the equivalent to half a million additional passengers. This marks a milestone of great importance, as February was the month with the highest percentage growth in Brazil since July 2015, when the domestic market grew 8% compared to July 2014. The domestic routes in Brazil that showed the largest growth were Brasilia – Sao Paulo and Port Alegre – Sao Paulo, both routes with growth above 20%.

Chile’s domestic market continues to show great dynamism and reached a 17.3% growth in February, demonstrating once again the benefits of the recent reduction of airport taxes. Chile has grown an accumulated 18.7% between January and February of 2019, carrying almost half a million additional passengers, compared to the same period last year.

As it has been the trend since the Revolución de los Aviones began, Argentina has achieved once again a double-digit percentage growth, growing 15%.

International traffic grew 1.4% as follows: intra-regional international traffic grew + 0.9% and extra-regional international traffic grew + 2.1%.

In the intra-regional international market, passenger growth between Colombia – Peru (+22%) and Ecuador – Panama (+15%) stood out.

Below, we present in detail the dynamics of passenger traffic in our region during February.

I wish you a good reading,
Luis Felipe de Oliveira

Panama, March 12, 2019 – The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) announces today that Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 23.1 million passengers in February, and up 7.1% – or 1,529,598 additional passengers – from the previous year. Traffic (RPK) grew 6.6% and capacity (ASK) increased 7.7%, bringing the load factor to 80.5% or 0.8 percentage points lower than in 2018. (see table 1).

Traffic to/from Latin America & Caribbean

Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 2.2 million passengers to and from Latin America and the Caribbean in February, up 2.1% from the previous year (see table 2). Traffic (RPK) grew 4.6% and capacity (ASK) increased 5.5%, bringing the load factor to 80.1%.

To/From Latin America & Caribbean Traffic Distribution

Domestic Traffic

Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 17.3 million domestic passengers in February, and up 9.1% from the previous year. Traffic (RPK) grew 10.7% and capacity (ASK) increased 11.7%, bringing the load factor to 79.9%.

International Traffic

Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 5.8 million international passengers in February, of which 3.6 million were international passengers within the region and 2.6 million outside the region. Argentina-Brazil was the most outstanding intra-regional market while Mexico-USA was the most outstanding extra-regional market.

Traffic data from the following airlines is included in this report: Aerolíneas Argentinas (includes Austral), Aeromar, Aeromexico Connect, Aeromexico, Air Antilles, Air Panama, Amaszonas, Andes Líneas Aéreas, Aruba Airlines, ASERCA Airlines, Avianca Brasil, 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, Fly Jamaica, Flybondi, FlyMontserrat, Gol Linhas Aereas, Insel Air, Intercaribbean Airways Ltd, Interjet, Jetsmart, LASER Airlines, LATAM Airlines Group, LC Peru, LIAT , Link Conexion Aerea S.A. de C.V, Maya Island Air, NatureAir, Passaredo, PAWA Dominicana, Peruvian Airlines, 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, and 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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