Latin America and Caribbean Airlines Passenger Traffic Up 6.6% in August 2018

Panama, October 12, 2018

Dear readers:
August set a record so far this year, being the month with the highest percentage growth (6.6%) and absolute growth (with more than 1.43 million additional passengers). Nearly 50% of the absolute growth in passenger traffic took place in the two largest domestic markets in the region: Mexico and Brazil. In percentage growth, Argentina, Chile and Peru stood out, with double-digit growth mostly due to the positive impact of low-cost carriers.

In the intra-Latin American international market, the traffic between Brazil and Chile stood out with more than 15% growth, thanks to the frequencies increase in the route Santiago-Sao Paulo operated by Avianca Brasil, and in the routes Santiago-Sao Paulo and Santiago-Rio de Janeiro operated by LATAM. Also, Argentina-Brazil market showed good performance, thanks to the new routes of Azul to Cordoba and Rosario from Recife and Porto Alegre.

The extra-Latin American international market grew by 13.8%, highlighting the growth to North America, mainly from Mexico and Brazil. The three Brazilian airlines operating to the United States increased their flights by more than 30% compared to 2017. LATAM, Azul and Avianca Brazil operated 78, 72 and 56 additional flights, respectively. In this way, the benefits of the open skies agreement between the two countries, that came into force in May of the current year, start to be evident. In contrast, traffic to the United States from Argentina showed a drop of more than 5%, probably due to the sharp devaluation that Argentina is experiencing.

Traffic to Africa continued to show great dynamism thanks to the increase of frequencies to Johannesburg by LATAM, which already showed a 60% accumulated growth during 2018. Traffic to Europe showed an increase of 11.1% during August, highlighting the load factor in this market with 87.3%, one of the highest in 2018.

I invite you to read the detail of the report and send us your comments.

Luis Felipe de Oliveira

Panama, October 12, 2018 – The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) announced today that Latin America and Caribbean airlines carried 23 million passengers in August and up 6.6% (1,426,159 more passengers) from the previous year. Traffic (RPK) grew 7.4% and capacity (ASK) increased 9.6%, bringing up the load factor to 81.2% (1.6 percentage points lower than in August 2017). (see table 1).

Monthly Passenger Traffic Growth


Table 1

Traffic to/from Latin America & Caribbean

Latin America and Caribbean airlines carried 2.5 million passengers to and from Latin America and the Caribbean in August and up 13.8% from the previous year (see table 2).

Traffic (RPK) grew 11% and capacity (ASK) increased 13.8%, bringing the load factor to 83.3%.

To/From Latin America & Caribbean Traffic Distribution


Table 2

Traffic data from the following airlines is included in this report: Aerolíneas Argentinas (includes Austral), Aeromar, Aeromexico, Aeromexico Connect, Avianca Holdings, Avianca Brasil, Azul Airlines, Copa Airlines, Copa Airlines Colombia, Flybondi, Interjet, Jetsmart, LATAM Airlines Group, Sky Airline, VivaAerobus, VivaColombia and Volaris.

Glossary 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