Montevideo Carrasco Airport
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- Aerolineas Argentinas
Air Europa Lineas Aereas
Amaszonas del Paraguay
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- British Airways
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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Carrasco General Cesáreo L. Berisso International Airport serves the capital city of Uruguay, Montevideo. The airport is the main international gateway to the country, hosting services from across South and North America. The airport was the main hub for defunct national carrier Pluna.
Location of Montevideo Carrasco Airport, Uruguay
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LATAM Airlines Group faces bigger challenges outside Brazil, as competitors in Peru and Chile attack
During the sharp economic downturn that has engulfed Brazil for more than a year the LATAM Airlines Group has benefitted from less challenging conditions in the domestic markets of its Spanish speaking countries – Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. But during 2Q2016 weakening economies and currency pressure in some of those markets, along with growth by LATAM’s competitors, created challenges for the company in those countries, particularly the Peruvian and Chilean domestic markets.
Some of the competitive pressure in Peru’s domestic market should ease in 2H2016, which should benefit LATAM for the remainder of the year. The company is making a significant international push from its hub in Lima in 2016 and early 2017 with the introduction of eight new markets, six of which are regional routes within South America. LATAM’s expansion from Lima should allow the company to leverage North-South traffic flows for connections through what is its third largest hub measured by seat deployment. Despite bleak economic conditions in many Latin American countries, LATAM continues to leverage its diversified network to grow in markets where it faces few, if any, competitors.
The weakness in Brazil’s domestic and international markets remains status quo. However, conditions in the country’s domestic environment do not appear to be deteriorating as rapidly, which is a welcome sign for LATAM because Brazil still represented 28% of the company’s system capacity in 2Q2016.
Peru is one of the more promising regions in Latin America during 2015, reflected in positive GDP growth and the addition of new international service. The domestic market is still growing at a solid pace, with Peruvian Airlines making significant market share gains.
During 1H2015 Peruvian transported slightly more domestic passengers than the Avianca Group, achieving the same level of market share as Avianca.
It appears that the Avianca Group may be working to leverage more international connections from Lima as the airport continues to serve as a key hub for the company. Avianca rival LATAM has also been working to exploit connections through Lima to North America and the Caribbean, and also plans frequency increases to some of its South American hubs from Lima during early 2016.
Overall the Peruvian aviation markets seems relatively stable compared with some of the other lager markets in Latin America; but Peru cannot entirely escape the economic cloud hanging over Latin America even as it boasts one of the more stable economies in the region.
Latin America’s powerhouse LATAM Airlines Group marked the third anniversary of the merger between LAN and TAM with worsening conditions in one of its largest markets, Brazil. The country’s currency devaluation and soaring inflation is dragging down the results of airlines operating into and within Brazil, and LATAM is no different. Its top line revenues fell nearly 22% in 2Q2015 as it faced deteriorating conditions in Brazil.
Similar to other Latin American airlines, LATAM has opted to cut its 2015 capacity forecast for Brazil while refining its operating margins downwards as it adjusts to the lingering challenges in the country. LATAM is seeing some positive demand trends outside of Brazil, but at the same time is navigating continuing currency pressure in other geographies.
Since the close of the merger, LATAM has faced a downward spiral in Brazil as the country’s economy started sinking. The pressure will likely continue for the short to medium term, as most forecasts for 2016 indicate a further contraction in the country’s economy.
Large Brazilian airline Gol is gaining some attention for the restructuring it has undertaken during the past three years as market conditions in its home country deteriorated driven by a weakening economy.
Despite a still tenuous economic environment Gol has worked to improve its financial situation through capacity reduction, the restructuring of debt, network changes and a heightened focus on the corporate customer.
The results are improved leverage, a shrinking of losses and increases in its margins. Gol is refraining from declaring any definitive targets of when it will return to profitability, but believes it could be on a clear path to positive net income by YE2015 as it braces for continued higher fuel costs and currency devaluation.
BQB Líneas Aéreas has accelerated expansion, positioning it as Uruguay’s new flag carrier 18 months after the demise of Pluna.
BQB began pursuing expansion in late 2013 with four new routes, its first jet (a wet-leased A320) and a fourth ATR 72 turboprop. The carrier is planning further expansion in 2014, including the acquisition of a fifth ATR 72 and up to three A319s while the wet-leased A320 will be returned.
BQB should be large enough by the end of 2014 to render the proposed re-launch of Pluna or the establishment of another new Uruguayan carrier unnecessary. Uruguay is a small market and BQB is already about one third the size of Pluna, which had operated a fleet of 13 CRJ900s.
Even as losses continued for Brazil’s second largest airline Gol during 3Q2013, there were some positive signs in the carrier’s results and its efforts to improve its financial leverage. Its work during the past year to beat back the effects of a weakening Brazilian economy and the resulting pressure that has had on demand were evidenced in improved passenger unit revenue and yields.
Gol also recorded positive margin improvement and made strides in its leverage ratios as its exposure to the Brazilian domestic market is more pronounced than its major rival TAM, who as part of the LATAM Airlines Group is leveraging the parent company’s ability to transfer some of TAM’s exposure to the falling BRL to the LATAM balance sheet.
Going forward it seems that Gol aims to focus on international expansion as a means to weather the tough market conditions within Brazil. While the carrier is not prepared to divulge the form that expansion will take, additional service to the US might be in the offing.