Latin America and Caribbean Airlines Passenger Traffic Increased 3.5% in January

Dear readers,

2020 began with good news for air transport in the Latin America and Caribbean region, despite the complex global landscape. During January, the number of passengers carried by the airlines of the region increased by 3.5% compared to January 2019; mainly thanks to the domestic market dynamism in Latin America.

Mexico, Brazil and Colombia were responsible for almost 90% of growth in this market. Mexico grew 10%, Colombia 7.6% and Brazil 3.7%. In these countries additional 940,000 passengers were carried vs. January 2019.

However, the international market showed again the impact of socio-political instability in the region and the global economy deceleration.

Airlines in Latin America and the Caribbean operated 3,200 fewer international flights than in January 2019, which accounted for a 5% reduction. This month also saw a 2.5% decrease in international passenger traffic.

The largest reduction was recorded from/to Asia Pacific, with a 14.7% decrease in passenger traffic. This decrease was mainly due to the elimination of the direct flight between Mexico City and Shanghai and the frequencies’ reduction between Santiago and Auckland.

In January, the Coronavirus effects on passenger demand in the region were not evident, as was the case in other countries of the world. Nevertheless, it is expected that as of February there will be a reduction in international traffic as a result of the reduction in demand and some routes, especially to Europe and Asia.

We have a challenging year ahead of us, but also a strong commitment from airlines to passengers and countries in the region. Latin America and the Caribbean have 16 years of continuous growth in passenger traffic, and I am convinced that the industry will remain resilient as we return to operational stability.

I wish you good reading,
Luis Felipe de Oliveira

Panama, March 10, 2020 – The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) announced today that Latin America and Caribbean airlines carried 27.7 million passengers in January, up 3.5% – or 928,053 additional passengers – from the previous year. Traffic (RPK) increased 0.1% and capacity (ASK) increased 1.2%, bringing the load factor to 79.6%, 0.9 percentage points lower than in 2019. (see table 1)

Traffic to/from Latin America & Caribbean

Latin America and Caribbean airlines carried 2.6 million passengers to and from Latin America and the Caribbean in January, down 1.3% from the previous year (see table 2). Traffic (RPK) decreased 2.8% and capacity (ASK) decreased 3%, bringing the load factor to 78%.

Domestic Traffic

Latin America and Caribbean airlines carried 21.1 million domestic passengers in January, and up 5.5% from the previous year. Traffic (RPK) increased 3.4% and capacity (ASK) increased 4.6%, bringing the load factor to 80.6%.

* Most important segments in number of passengers

International Traffic

Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 6.6 million international passengers in January, of which 4 million were international passengers within the region and 2.6 million outside the region. Argentina-Brazil was the most important intra-regional market while Mexico-USA was the most important extra-regional market.

* Most important segments in number of passengers

Traffic data from the following airlines is included in this report: 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, NatureAir, Norwegian Argentina, Passaredo, PAWA Dominicana, 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, 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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