Latin America and Caribbean Airlines Passenger Traffic Increased 2.1% in October

Dear readers,

October was a complex month for our region, with difficult socio-political situations throughout our countries that certainly affected economic dynamics, including the air transport industry. It was a long time since we saw the region so affected in several countries at the same time. However, once again, it became evident how resilient aviation is and its importance to the Latin American and the Caribbean economies, as the airlines of the region carried 25.9 million passengers during the month, reaching a 2.1% moderate growth vs. October 2018, with markets that not only generated growth, but also supplied the losses generated by the markets affected by the socio-political situation, maintaining total growth as a region.

Domestic traffic in Chile, which kept sustained growth for 45 consecutive months, showed a 4.3% decline. Chilean domestic traffic did not show a decline since December 2015, when it decreased 2.2%. Likewise, Ecuador had a 11.8% decrease in the number of domestic seats offered and 2.6% in the number of domestic flights operated.

The Brazilian, Mexican and Colombian domestic traffic showed interesting increases with 5.3%, 8.3% and 11% growth, respectively. Despite the exit of a major airline from the market at the beginning of the year, Brazil reached in October an accumulated growth of 1.4% so far in 2019, which shows that it is in clear recovery. Brazil is the largest market in the region and alone achieved 9.5 million passengers, which accounted for 35% of total.

The Argentine domestic market showed a significant slowdown in October, recording a neutral growth in passenger traffic, in contrast to the double-digit growth that it had been presenting in the previous months.

International traffic in the region decreased both in the intra-regional market (-2.8%) and extra-regional (-3.2%). However, we saw some interesting cases, such as the international intra-regional market Mexico – Colombia that presented a growth in seating capacity (+17.4%) and an increase in the number of flights operated (+17.2%). Also interesting was the growth in the Peru – Mexico market.

October was certainly a very challenging month and we expect that, with the holiday months’ arrival, Latin American and Caribbean airlines’ traffic will recover its growth.

Good reading,
Luis Felipe de Oliveira

Panama, December 16, 2019 – The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) announced today that Latin America and Caribbean airlines carried 25.9 million passengers in October, up 2.1% – or 523,583 additional passengers – from the previous year. Traffic (RPK) increased 2.4% and capacity (ASK) increased 0.6%, bringing the load factor to 82.2%, 1.4 percentage points higher than in 2018. (see 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, down 3.2% from the previous year (see table 2). Traffic (RPK) decreased 0.7% and capacity (ASK) decreased 2.1%, bringing the load factor to 81.7%.

Domestic Traffic

Latin America and Caribbean airlines carried 20.1 million domestic passengers in October, and up 3.6% from the previous year. Traffic (RPK) increased 4.6% and capacity (ASK) increased 4.3%, bringing the load factor to 83.5%

* Most important segments in number of passengers

International Traffic

Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 5.8 million international passengers in October, of which 3.5 million were international passengers within the region and 2.3 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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