Latin American and Caribbean airlines passenger traffic grew 3.3% in September

Dear readers,

During September, Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 24.8 million passengers, reaching a 3.3% growth vs. September 2018 and an accumulated growth of 10.5 million additional passengers carried in the first 9 months of the year vs. the same period of 2018.

Domestic markets drove total passenger growth in September: Secondary airports in Mexico had an important growth that contributed to reach a percentage growth of 7.3%. Chile and Colombia grew at a double-digit rate, 15.4%, and 15.6% respectively, while Argentina grew 6%.

Brazilian market continued its recovery and in September the domestic seat capacity grew 2% vs. Sep. 2018, there were 10 additional domestic cities pairs vs. Sept 2018 and an important growth in the number of flights operated in the segments Congonhas – Rio Galeão (342%) and Rio Galeão – Belo Horizonte (216%).

International markets showed declines compared to September 2018, causing a reduction in seats offered and flights operated.

The market to/from North America was the most affected with four major markets showing a significant decrease in seat capacity: Mexico – USA (-2.1%), Panama – USA (-8.4%), Brazil – USA (-6.9%) and Colombia – USA (-4.9).

Intra-regional international traffic showed a 1% decrease, mainly affected by markets that presented a decline in the number of flights operated: Argentina – Brazil (-12%), Argentina – Chile (-18.6%), Brazil – Chile (-9.6%), Argentina – Peru (-22.9%) and Colombia – Ecuador (-14.2%).

September was an extremely challenging month for the region in socioeconomic terms and this was reflected in air traffic. However, the industry remains resilient, offering more and more people the opportunity to use air transport. Our region is huge and requires connectivity to continue increasing its competitivity and growth potential. Aviation continues connecting people and bringing economic and social development to more corners of the region.

 Enjoy the reading,
Luis Felipe de Oliveira

Panama, November 12, 2019 – The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) announced today that Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 24.8 million passengers in September, up 3.3% – or 789,354 additional passengers – from the previous year. Traffic (RPK) grew 2.2% and capacity (ASK) increased 1.3%, bringing the load factor to 81.3%, 0.8 percentage points higher than in 2018. (see table 1).

Traffic to/from Latin America & Caribbean

Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 2.3 million passengers to and from Latin America and the Caribbean in September, 0.7% less passengers compared to the previous year (see table 2). Traffic (RPK) grew 1.5% and capacity (ASK) increased 0.3%, bringing the load factor to 82.1%.

Domestic Traffic

Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 19 million domestic passengers in September, up 4.6% from the previous year. Traffic (RPK) grew 4.5% and capacity (ASK) increased 4.2%, bringing the load factor to 80.9%.

* Most important segments in number of passengers

International Traffic

Latin American and Caribbean airlines carried 5.8 million international passengers in September, of which 3.5 million were international passengers within the region and 2.3 million outside the region. Argentina-Brazil was the top intrarregional market, while Mexico-USA was the most important extrarregional 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, Peruvian Airlines, 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.

About ALTA
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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