Latin America and Caribbean airlines passenger Traffic Up 6.1% in April 2018

Panama, June 11, 2018

Dear readers:

April recorded the highest growth in air traffic so far this year with a 6.1% increase and 1.2 million additional passengers compared to April 2017.

Intraregional traffic was driven by an important growth in Mexico, Argentina and Peru. Mexican domestic traffic grew a 10% compared to April 2017, and Mexican airlines continue attracting new passengers in a market where most people continue travelling by bus. In this line, Argentinean domestic market reached a double-digit growth (10.1%) and Peru showed a 13%+ growth, confirming that low cost carriers’ entrance to the market is boosting a more dynamic growth. Brazil (the biggest domestic market in the region) continues recovering and more than 7 million passengers flew in April 2018, achieving a 4.5% growth compared to April 2017.

Traffic to and from the Asia Pacific and Africa markets continue showing exceptional growth rates. Asia Pacific grew 28.5% (12,000 additional passengers) largely due to the new connectivity options that Mexico is offering in this region. The number of passengers flying to/from Africa with Latin American airlines has grown 60% so far in 2018, and currently this market has 42 direct flights each month and more than 8,000 seats.

Latin American and Caribbean airlines begin the second half of the year with an accumulated growth of 4.4% (3.5 million additional passengers), and the holiday season as well as the FIFA World Cup are expected to drive exceptional growth.

I invite you to read the detail of this report below.

Luis Felipe de Oliveira

The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) announced today that Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 20.6 million passengers in April 2018 and increased 6.1% (1,193,015 more passengers) compared to the previous year. (see table 1)

Traffic measured in RPK grew 8.2% and capacity (ASK) increased 8.4%, bringing up the load factor to 81.7% (0.2 percentage points lower than in April 2017).

Monthly Passenger Traffic Growth

Traffic to/from Latin America & Caribbean

Latin America and Caribbean airlines carried 2.1 million passengers to and from Latin America and the Caribbean in April 2018 and up 8.7% from the previous year. (see table 2) Traffic measured in RPK grew 8.4% and capacity (ASK) increased 11.2%, bringing the load factor to 81.7%.

To/From Latin America & Caribbean Traffic Distribution

Reporting airlines: Aerolíneas Argentinas (includes Austral), Aeromar, Aeromexico, Aeromexico Connect, Avianca, Avianca Brasil, Copa Airlines, Copa Airlines Colombia, Insel Air, LATAM Airlines Group, Sky Airline and Volaris.

Additional Sources: SCT Mexico, ANAC Brazil, JAC Chile, Aerocivil Colombia.

(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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