Latin American and Caribbean airlines passenger traffic up 4% in June 2018

Panama, August 14, 2018

Dear readers:

In June, passenger traffic grew 4% compared to the same period of the previous year. Brazil and Mexico domestic markets led the month’s growth with 252,000 and 253,000 additional passengers, respectively. Chile showed the greatest percentage growth (17%), followed by Peru (11%) and Argentina (7%), while Colombia showed a decrease of 5.1% this month.

The extra-Latin American international market showed significant growth (9.7%), being the traffic from/to North America the one which grew the most in absolute terms, with 188,000 additional passengers and more than 1,300 additional flights, led by Mexican airlines that operated nearly 900 additional flights to the USA and more than 120 additional flights to Canada. Africa showed the highest percentage growth with 44.5%, mainly due to the increase of flights to/from Latin America and the Caribbean: 26 flights (4,700 seats) in June 2017 to 42 flights (9,280 seats) in June 2018.

In this way, Latin American and Caribbean airlines completed 7 consecutive trimesters of growth, mainly thanks to the economic recovery in Brazil that has been happening since the end of 2016.

I invite you to read below the June passenger traffic in our region and to share your comments.

Luis Felipe de Oliveira

The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) announced today that Latin America and Caribbean airlines carried 20.7 million passengers in June and up 4% (795,832 more passengers) from the previous year.

Traffic (RPK) grew 7.1% and capacity (ASK) increased 9.6%, bringing up the load factor to 80.4% (1.9 percentage points lower than in June 2017). (see table 1).

Monthly Passenger Traffic Growth


Table 1

Traffic to/from Latin America & Caribbean

Latin America and Caribbean airlines carried 2.3 million passengers to and from Latin America and the Caribbean in June and up 9.7% from the previous year (see table 2).
Traffic (RPK) grew 8.9% and capacity (ASK) increased 12%, bringing the load factor to 83.4%.

To/From Latin America & Caribbean Traffic Distribution


Table 2

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

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