Latin American and Caribbean Airlines Passenger Traffic increased 4.5% in July

Dear readers,

Reaching 1.2 million additional passengers and 4.5% growth, July has been the month of 2019 with more passengers carried by airlines of the region.

Brazil’s domestic market had its fourth consecutive month of decline, compared to 2018, basically driven by the bankruptcy of a major airline in the country. However, the market shows signs of recovery with the growth of airlines operating in the country and we expect the market to stabilize in a few months. The domestic markets of Colombia, Chile and Mexico had over 10% growth, largely driven by the rise of low-cost carriers that are consolidating in the region.

In the international market, extra-regional traffic stood out with 12.3% growth, mainly driven by traffic to/from Europe, which grew over 50%, highlighting Brazil-Portugal with growth above 100%; Mexico-Spain, Chile-Spain, and Argentina-Spain with growth above 30% each segment and Mexico-France with a 25% growth.

Traffic to/from Asia-Pacific also showed a significant 17% growth, mainly driven by the Chile-Australia and Chile-New Zealand markets.

Intra-regional international traffic grew over 1.9%, standing out the international market of Peru-Chile with +12% growth, Peru-Colombia with +16%, Peru-Mexico with +14% and Peru-Brazil with +7%.

The Latin America and Caribbean region continues to aim to an excellent 2019, with more and more people making use of air transport in our region.

I wish you good reading,
Luis Felipe de Oliveira

Panama, September 16, 2019 – The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) announced today that Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 28.7 million passengers in July, up 4.5% – or 1,238,205 additional passengers – from the previous year. Traffic (RPK) grew 5.6% and capacity (ASK) increased 4.9%, bringing the load factor to 85.1%, 0.6 percentage points higher than in 2018. (see table 1).

Traffic to/from Latin America & Caribbean

Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 3.2 million passengers to and from Latin America and the Caribbean in July, up 12.3% from the previous year (see table 2). Traffic (RPK) grew 15.4% and capacity (ASK) increased 14.4%, bringing the load factor to 87%.

Domestic Traffic

Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 21.5 million domestic passengers in July, up 3.9% from the previous year. Traffic (RPK) grew 2% and capacity (ASK) increased 1.7%, bringing the load factor to 84.3%.

International Traffic

Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 7.2 million international passengers in July, of which 4 were international passengers within the region and 3.2 outside the region. Argentina-Brazil was the largest intra-regional market while Mexico-USA was the largest 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 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, Junea Island Air, NatureAir, Norwegian Argentina, 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, Wingo 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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