- Passenger traffic (RPKs):
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Brazil's ANAC reports 11% rise in domestic passenger traffic in Jun-2012
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Brazil domestic airline market remains challenging after flat growth in 1H2013
Brazil’s domestic market has cooled down along with the country’s slumping economy, recording RPK growth of less than 0.1% in 1H2013. While growth should return in 2H2013 it will be very modest and far below previous levels.
Brazil was one of the world’s fastest growing domestic markets in 2010 and 2011, when domestic RPK growth of 23.5% and 15.9% was recorded. Growth slowed to 6.8% in 2012 as carriers started to cut capacity and trim back on expansion plans.
Load factors have improved significantly since mid-2012, providing a glimmer of hope that capacity levels are now sustainable following a period of irrational competition. With capacity returning to more rational levels and four airline groups accounting for over 99% of the market following a wave of consolidation, profitability should eventually improve in the world’s fourth largest domestic market.
Star Alliance considers new platform for low-cost airlines, targeting Brazil's Azul & India's IndiGo
The Star Alliance is looking at following SkyTeam in offering a partnership platform for low-cost and hybrid carriers. Star sees the new platform, which would fall short of full membership but provide a model for selected LCCs to work with members, improving coverage in key markets.
Star has started to court Brazilian LCC Azul and Indian LCC IndiGo to join the potential programme, which would facilitate connections with participating Star members. Star has been trying to find a solution for India since 2011, when efforts to bring in Air India as a planned new member were suspended, while earlier this year Brazil’s largest carrier, TAM, began the process of transitioning from Star to oneworld.
But Star’s plan for a hybrid and LCC platform is controversial. Some Star members are against the concept of bringing in LCCs, fearing it could water down the alliance’s offering. Star’s pursuit of Azul is particularly controversial as at the same time the alliance has begun working at bringing in full-service carrier Avianca Brazil.