Latin America and Caribbean Airlines Passenger Traffic Grew 4.4% in March 2019

Dear readers,

I am pleased to share that the airlines of the region carried more than 1 million additional passengers in March, reaching a 4.4% growth vs. March 2018. We completed a very positive first quarter of 2019 with 3.6 million additional passengers and an accumulated growth of 5%.

In these first 3 months of 2019, the domestic markets in the region kept an excellent performance. Brazil carried more than 1 million additional passengers between January and March 2019 and reached a percentage growth of 4.4%, positioning the country as the generator of almost 30% of the Latin America and the Caribbean accumulated growth in these months.

In Mexico more than 250,000 additional domestic passengers were carried during March, reaching a 6.5% growth vs. March 2018 and an accumulated growth of 6.3% in the first quarter of 2019 (700,000 additional domestic passengers).

Colombia, which is the third most important domestic market in the region in passenger volume, showed a solid 11.2% growth in March and an accumulated growth of 10.3% so far this year.
As has been the trend since the Revolución de los Aviones began, Argentina achieved a double-digit percentage growth (13%) in its domestic traffic.

Chile has kept great dynamism in its domestic market with a 16.6% growth in March. Between January and March, the country reached the highest growth in the region with 18.1%, demonstrating once again the benefits generated by the reduction of taxes and fees.

Intra-regional international traffic had a slight decrease of 0.1%, mainly driven by the decrease in traffic between Argentina-Chile and Argentina-Brazil. Extra-regional international traffic grew +1.2% despite a slight deceleration in traffic from/to the United States.

During the first quarter of the year, the airlines in the region continued to increase their fleet and routes development: 17 aircraft were delivered during the first 3 months of the year and 4 new routes were inaugurated (3 domestic and 1 international). There are more than 40 new routes announced for 2019, many of them in Brazil thanks to the recent reduction of the ICMS tax to aviation kerosene in Sao Paulo that will greatly encourage domestic traffic, local economy and connectivity from Sao Paulo and Brazil to the region and the world.

I wish you good reading and I hope you send us your comments.

Luis Felipe de Oliveira

Panama, May 10, 2019 – The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) announces today that Latin America and Caribbean airlines carried 25 million passengers in March, and up 4.4% – or 1,057,831 additional passengers – from the previous year. Traffic (RPK) grew 4.1% and capacity (ASK) increased 5.3%, bringing the load factor to 80.4%, 0.9 percentage points lower than in 2018. (see table 1).

Traffic to/from Latin America & the Caribbean

Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 2.5 million passengers to and from Latin America and the Caribbean in March, and up 1.2% from the previous year (see table 2). Traffic (RPK) grew 3.3% and capacity (ASK) increased 4.4%, bringing the load factor to 80.9%.

Domestic Traffic

Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 18.9 million domestic passengers in March, and up 5.8% from the previous year. Traffic (RPK) grew 5.6% and capacity (ASK) increased 7%, bringing the load factor to 79.7%.

International Traffic

Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 6.2 million international passengers in March, of which 3.7 were international passengers within the region and 2.5 outside the region. Argentina-Brazil was the most important intra-regional market, while Mexico-USA was the most important extra-regional market.

New routes (first trimester 2019)

Sao Paulo – Palmas
Lima – Illo
Ribeirão Preto – Uberlândia
Cali – Lima

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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