Latin America and Caribbean Airlines Passenger Traffic grew 6.3% in June

Dear readers,

It is a pleasure to present the traffic report of June and a statement of the first half of the year 2019. During this month, the airlines of the region carried more than 1.4 million additional passengers, reaching a 6.3% growth vs. June 2018 and completing the first half of 2019 with an accumulated traffic growth of 5.1%, equivalent to 7.2 million additional passengers.

Although Brazil’s domestic market had its second consecutive month of decrease with 191,000 less passengers, basically due to Avianca Brasil exit from the market, June achieved an important growth.

Mexico’s domestic market continued with great dynamism, reaching an absolute growth of 470,000 passengers (+ 11.5%). Mexico carried 2 million additional passengers during the first 6 months of the year and achieved a percentage growth of 8.5%, which makes it responsible for about 30% of the Latin American and Caribbean region accumulated growth during the first half of 2019.

Argentina, Chile and Colombia had a double-digit growth in June and consolidated as the domestic markets with greater dynamism globally. Argentina achieved the highest domestic growth in the region in June with a 25.8% increase. During the first half of 2019, Argentina reached a cumulative growth of 18.2%, Chile 18.8% and Colombia 11.5%. Among the 3 countries, 3.7 million additional passengers were carried in the first half of 2019, being responsible for 51% of the Latin American air transport industry absolute growth in 2019.

Extra-regional international traffic achieved a 7.6% growth mainly driven by the increase in traffic between Mexico – USA and, Mexico – Canada. Traffic to Europe grew by 18.2%, highlighting the Brazil-Portugal segment that doubled its traffic.

International intra-regional traffic grew by 2.1%, highlighting Chile-Peru with a 18% growth.

During the second quarter of the year the airlines of the region continued to increase their fleet and their route network: 23 aircraft were delivered, and 88 new routes were inaugurated (61 domestic and 27 international).

The industry continues growing steadily to assure that more people can make use of air transport and to generate greater economic and social benefits for our countries.

I wish you good reading,

Luis Felipe de Oliveira

Panama, August 5, 2019 – The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) announces that Latin America and Caribbean airlines carried 24.7 million passengers in June, up 6.3% – or 1,472,749 additional passengers – from the previous year. Traffic (RPK) grew 5.8% and capacity (ASK) increased 4%, bringing the load factor to 81.8%, 1.4 percentage points higher than in 2018. (see table 1).

Traffic to/from Latin America & Caribbean

Latin America and Caribbean airlines carried 2.7 million passengers to and from Latin America and the Caribbean in June, up 7.6% from the previous year (see table 2).

Traffic (RPK) grew 7.9% and capacity (ASK) increased 9.6%, bringing the load factor to 81.6%.

Domestic Traffic

Latin America and Caribbean airlines carried 18.6 million domestic passengers in June, up 7% from the previous year. Traffic (RPK) grew 5.8% and capacity (ASK) increased 1.8%, bringing the load factor to 82.4%.

International Traffic

Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 6.1 million international passengers in June, of which 3.5 million were international passengers within the region and 2.6 million 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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