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Brazil leading Latin American traffic recovery


The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (which comprises of 38 member airlines operating more than 800 aircraft in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela and Uruguay) reported a 6.9% increase in domestic passenger numbers in Aug-2009 to 7.1 million passengers, with a domestic load factor of 65.9% (-0.1 ppts). [2196 words]

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  • LCCs have a quarter of capacity within Central and Southern America
  • Propensity for travel remains low in Brazil
  • Azul captures 4.7% market share, exceeding 2009 targets
  • Azul offers USD285 monthly travel pass to stimulate demand
  • GOL and TAM remain dominant
  • Strong Brazil domestic traffic figures in Sep-2009 
  • Load factors improve but remain under pressure 
  • GOL continues to scale back international expansion; adding codeshare partnerships to cover international operations
  • Yields suffer in Sep-2009 due to the highly competitive domestic market
  • TAM and GOL to strengthen cash positions
  • GOL aiming for profitability in 2009 by focusing on domestic operations
  • TAM also forecasting profits
  • Outlook: GOL and TAM to remain dominant in the major centres, but facing new pressure from Azul

Graphs and data:

  • Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) traffic: Aug-2009
  • ALTA domestic passenger numbers growth: Aug-2008 to Aug-2009
  • ALTA traffic (RPKs) by region: Aug-2008 to Aug-2009
  • Central and South America intra regional capacity (seats per month), LCCs as a percentage of the total: Jan-Aug-2001 to Jan-Aug-2009
  • Fastest growing airports in Latin America (by flight added, domestic and international): 2008
  • Selected Latin American countries’ GDP per capita and propensity to travel by air
  • Azul destination map: Oct-2009
  • Brazil domestic capacity (seats per month), LCCs as a percentage of the total: Jan-Aug-2001 to Jan-Aug-2009
  • ANAC domestic traffic highlights for Sep-2009
  • GOL 2009 and 2010 Consolidated Guidance: Jun-2009 
  • TAM 2009 Guidance
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