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23 million passengers transported the airlines of Latin America and the Caribbean: ALTA

The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) announced today that Latin America and Caribbean airlines carried 23 million passengers in August and up 6.6% (1,426,159 more passengers) from the previous year.

Luis Felipe de Oliveira, Executive Director of ALTA, said: “Nearly 50% of the absolute growth in passenger traffic took place in the two largest domestic markets in the region: Mexico and Brazil. In percentage growth, Argentina, Chile and Peru stood out, with double-digit growth mostly due to the positive impact of low-cost carriers”.

Traffic (RPK) grew 7.4% and capacity (ASK) increased 9.6%, bringing up the load factor to 81.2% (1.6 percentage points lower than in August 2017). (see table 1).

Monthly Passenger Traffic Growth


Table 1

Traffic to/from Latin America & Caribbean

Latin America and Caribbean airlines carried 2.5 million passengers to and from Latin America and the Caribbean in August and up 13.8% from the previous year (see table 2).

Traffic (RPK) grew 11% and capacity (ASK) increased 13.8%, bringing the load factor to 83.3%.

To/From Latin America & Caribbean Traffic Distribution


Table 2

In Africa, air traffic continued to “show great dynamism thanks to the increase of frequencies to Johannesburg by LATAM, which already showed a 60% accumulated growth during 2018. Traffic to Europe showed an increase of 11.1% during August, highlighting the load factor in this market with 87.3%, one of the highest in 2018” said De Oliveira.


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.

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