Latin American and Caribbean airlines passenger traffic up 9% in November 2018

Panama, January 11, 2019

Dear readers:

For the second month in a row, November matched October as the month with the highest percentage growth in 2018 with an increase of 9%. 

89% of such growth, or the equivalent to 1.65 million additional passengers, was due to the increase in intraregional traffic, led by Brazil and Mexico, which carried 304,000 and 412,000 additional passengers, respectively, in their domestic markets. 

The domestic markets of Chile, Peru and Colombia showed growths exceeding 10% and absolute growth among the 3 countries exceeded 500,000 passengers. Argentinian domestic market carried more than 11 million passengers between January and November 2018, which represents an increase of 12% compared to 2017, positioning the country as one of the fastest growing domestic markets in the region. 

In the intra-Latin American international market, stood out the growth in traffic between Brazil – Chile (+15%), Brazil – Mexico (+14%), Chile – Peru (+23%) and Chile – Colombia (+21%). 

The extra-Latin American international market grew by 10.5%, highlighting the growth to North America from Mexico and Brazil, both above 10%. Brazilian airlines operating to the United States increased their flights by more than 50% compared to 2017: LATAM, Azul, Gol (which started operations to the US in November) and Avianca Brazil operated 74, 33, 162 and 40 additional flights, respectively. This was due to the increased capacity of these airlines and the effects of the Open Skies agreement between Brazil – United States that came into force in May 2018.

I wish you a good reading,
Luis Felipe de Oliveira

The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) informs that Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 22.5 million passengers in November, and up 9% – or 1,869,487 more passengers – from the previous year. Traffic (RPK) grew 9.5% and capacity (ASK) increased 9.9%, bringing the load factor to 82.3%, 0.3 percentage points lower than in November 2017. (see table 1).


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 October, and up 10.5% from the previous year (see table 2). Traffic (RPK) grew 7.4% and capacity (ASK) increased 8.6%, bringing the load factor to 81.3%.

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