Latin American and Caribbean Airlines Passenger Traffic Grew 4.8% in May

Dear readers,

During May, the airlines of the region carried 1.14 million additional passengers, reaching a 4.8% growth vs. May 2018.

Half of the 1.14 million additional passengers corresponded to additional passengers in the Mexican domestic market, which mobilized a total of 4.7 million passengers for a percentage growth of 13% vs. May 2018.

Argentina was the domestic market with the highest percentage growth, reaching a 22% increase in passengers mobilized, while Brazil, the largest market in the region, showed a 1.12% decrease, equivalent to 80,000 less passengers than in May 2018, mainly due to the fact that Avianca Brasil stopped operating around 5,000 flights in May.

Intra-regional international traffic showed a slight decrease for the third consecutive month (-0.5%), mainly driven by the decrease in traffic between Argentina-Chile, Argentina-Peru, and Argentina-Brazil. A total of 42,117 intra-regional international flights were operated during May; 255 less than in May 2018.

Extra-regional international traffic grew 6.8%, driven by the increase of traffic to Europe (+21.6%). The increase from/to Europe was led by LATAM Airlines, which operated 188 additional flights between the region and Europe; 57 of those additional flights were operated between Sao Paulo and Lisbon, route inaugurated in September 2018. Another highlight in extra-regional traffic is the increase of LATAM flights from/to Italy (46 additional flights) and France (20 additional flights). Aeromexico also had important growth, operating 78 additional flights between Mexico and Europe, highlighting the increase of flights to Spain (48 additional flights).

Between January and May 2019, the airlines in the region have carried 352,000 additional passengers from/to Europe, equivalent to a 20% growth, which makes the LAC and Europe market one of the most dynamic international markets worldwide.

Our markets are facing significant challenges; however, the numbers show how resilient the aviation industry is and the growing number of people looking to make use of air transport in the region.

I wish you good reading,

Luis Felipe de Oliveira

Panama, July 8, 2019 – The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) announced today that Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 24.7 million passengers in May, up 4.8% – or 1,141,409 additional passengers – from the previous year.

Traffic (RPK) grew 4.4% and capacity (ASK) increased 3.6%, bringing the load factor to 81.1%, 0.6 percentage points higher than in 2018. (see table 1).

Traffic to/from Latin America & Caribbean

Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 2.6 million passengers to and from Latin America and the Caribbean in May, and up 6.8% from the previous year (see table 2). Traffic (RPK) grew 7.1% and capacity (ASK) increased 5.3%, bringing the load factor to 83.6%.

Domestic Traffic

Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 18.6 million domestic passengers in May, up 5.7% from the previous year. Traffic (RPK) grew 5.3% and capacity (ASK) increased 5.5%, bringing the load factor to 79%.

International Traffic

Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 6.1 million international passengers in May, of which 3.5 million were international passengers within the region and 2.6 million outside the region. Argentina-Brazil was the biggest intra-regional market, while Mexico-USA was the biggest 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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