Latin America and Caribbean Airlines Passenger Traffic Increased 2.5% in November

Dear readers,

Happy New Year to you all! From ALTA we wish you a 2020 in which your dreams and projects fly very high.

Today we share the traffic report for the month of November 2019, in which the airlines of the region carried a total of 25.8 million passengers, with 642 thousand additional passengers vs. November 2018, which represents a 2.5% growth.

Once again the domestic market showed an important growth with 3.7% vs. November 2018, showing one more time the important role of aviation as a means of transport within a vast region full of natural and cultural resources. The domestic markets of Brazil and Mexico represented 87% of the total growth of domestic passengers in the region with growths of 3.1% (240 thousand additional passengers) and 7.6% (324 thousand additional passengers), respectively.

Chile had its second consecutive drop in domestic traffic with a decrease of 7.2%. On the other hand, Argentina’s domestic market recovered after the slowdown in October, reaching a 9% growth in November.

International traffic showed a decrease in the number of passengers: extra-regional traffic was the most affected with a decrease of 4.8% and intra-regional traffic had a reduction of 1.6%.

Socio-political instability in Chile had an impact and in November 801,882 international passengers were carried to and from Chile, representing a drop of 10.8% compared to November 2018. Also, there was a significant decrease to the United States, on one hand due to a decrease on routes from Mexico to the United States and, on the other hand, due to the exit of a major carrier in the Brazilian market that also affected the number of flights in the Brazil-U.S. market.

We still have the month of December 2019 to analyze, but we can anticipate that the results of year were positive despite the difficulties that the region went through. We look forward to a 2020 with new challenges, but an industry prepared to face them with dialogue, operational and technological improvements and the firm commitment to serve the people in the region.

Good reading,
Luis Felipe de Oliveira

Panama, January 13, 2020 – The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) announced today that Latin America and Caribbean airlines carried 25.8 million passengers in November, up 2.5% with 641,902 additional passengers from the previous year. Traffic (RPK) increased 0.8% and capacity (ASK) increased 0.2%, bringing the load factor to 82.8%, 0.5 percentage points higher than in 2018. (see table 1).

Traffic to/from Latin America & Caribbean

Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 2.4 million passengers to/from Latin America and the Caribbean in November and down 4.8% from the previous year (see table 2). Traffic (RPK) decreased 0.7% and capacity (ASK) decreased 3.1%, bringing the load factor to 82.79%.

Domestic Traffic

Latin America and Caribbean airlines carried 19.9 million domestic passengers in November, and up 3.7% from the previous year. Traffic (RPK) increased 3.1% and capacity (ASK) increased 2.6%, bringing the load factor to 84%.

* Most important segments in number of passengers

International Traffic

Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 6 million international passengers in November, of which 3.6 million were international passengers within the region and 2.4 million outside the region.

* 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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ALTA is a private non-profit association at the service of the air transport industry, whose objective is to develop a safer, more efficient and sustainable aviation in Latin America and the Caribbean. ALTA coordinates collaborative efforts across the entire value chain maximizing the impact of aviation in the region’s economic and social growth for the benefit of the industry, the nations and the people served by the air transport. 
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