Latin American and Caribbean Airlines Passenger Traffic Up 5.9% in July 2018

Panama, September 10, 2018

Dear readers,
July marked the beginning of the peak season for aviation in the region with about 1,400,000 additional passengers compared to July 2017 for a 5.9% growth.

Brazilian and Mexico’s domestic markets led the growth with 63% of this increase. Chile also showed great dynamism in its domestic traffic with a 17% growth, and Colombia began to show signs of recovery, going from -5.1% in June to -1.4% in July.

Traffic between Brazil and Chile grew 15.2% thanks to the increase of frequencies in the route Santiago-Sao Paulo operated by Avianca Brasil and LATAM. There was also notable growth between Peru and Brazil (15.6%+), Colombia and Chile (21%+) and, Peru and Colombia (16%+).

The extra-Latin American international market showed a 8.3% growth, highlighting the traffic between Brazil and Italy, which registered an increase of 99% with the new LATAM route between Sao Paulo and Rome. Similarly, traffic from/to Africa grew 62% with 17 additional flights, and from/to North America grew 7.2% with 730 additional flights.

Concerning traffic measured in RPKs, airlines in the region have reached a 7.5% accumulated growth in the period January-July (while global accumulated growth is 6.9%). Our region has been growing steadily and positioning itself with more strength on the international map.

I hope you enjoy reading the report.

Luis Felipe de Oliveira

The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) announced today that Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 24.7 million passengers in July and up 5.9% (1,384,090 additional passengers) in comparison to the previous year. Traffic (RPK) grew 4.9% and capacity (ASK) increased 5.8%, bringing up the load factor to 84.7% (0.7 percentage points lower than in July 2017). (see table 1).

Monthly Passenger Traffic Growth


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 July and up 8.3% from the previous year (see table 2). Traffic (RPK) grew 5.5% and capacity (ASK) increased 6.6%, bringing the load factor to 86.9%.

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