Latin America and Caribbean flying returns to 76% of 2019 levels

New, special report from Airports Council International Latin America and the Caribbean and Cirium reveals

PANAMA, November 2, 2021 –  Flight capacity has returned to 76% of pre-pandemic levels for Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a new, special report released today by Airports Council International Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC) and Cirium, the aviation data company.  Approximately 74% of the capacity is domestic flying and 26% is international. The increase in capacity is also evident in the aircraft returning to service, with a total of 1,667 aircraft in service on September 1, 2021, compared to 1,220 one year prior.

The positive developments for the region are explained in this month’s Airline Insights Special Report. Subsequent findings will be released to all members of the association on a monthly basis.

Aeromexico, LATAM Airlines, Gol, Azul and Volaris account for the top five airlines operating the most seats during the month, compared to 2019 levels.

The top five busiest airports include São Paulo International Airport (GRU), Mexico City International Airport (NEX), Bogota Airport (BOG), Cancun International Airport (CUN) and Viracopos International Airport (VCP).

“ACI-LAC is very excited to present this report in partnership with Cirium, to give all our member airports a perspective on the recovery of the airport industry in the region providing more clarity on the future,” said Rafael Echevarne, Director General of ACI-LAC. “We are sure that the insights will be beneficial for the development of the sector post Covid-19.”.

Each month, the report will draw on the data and analytics from The Cirium Core—Cirium’s foundation containing 300 terabytes of information from over 2,000 data sources—and will help airports gain access to a summary of flight schedules, operations and fleet utilization trends in the region and globally.

“Capacity is returning in Latin America and the Caribbean as the report insights show, however it’s clear that the airlines and airports serving the countries with less travel restrictions have performed better, for example in Mexico, versus those countries which are still recovering such as Argentina,” said Juan Gonzalez, Business Development Manager, LATAM at Cirium.

“This report will help airport members of ACI-LAC monitor the situation, identify trends, draw comparisons and gain better insights, with accurate data and analytics. We are delighted to be an ACI-LAC partner and jointly support the industry on the road to recovery.”

For more information about ACI-LAC membership and to gain access to the new Airline Insights  Report, click here.

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ACI-LAC is the Latin America & Caribbean region office of Airports Council International, the only worldwide professional association of airport operators. ACI-LAC represents over 270 airports in 34 countries and territories. Member airports handle 95% of commercial air traffic in Latin America & Caribbean, welcoming over 570 million passengers, 5.4 million tonnes of freight and more than 9.0 million aircraft movements each year.

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Cirium brings together powerful data and analytics to keep the world moving. Delivering insight, built from decades of experience in the sector, enabling travel companies, aircraft manufacturers, airports, airlines and financial institutions, among others, to make logical and informed decisions which shape the future of travel, growing revenues and enhancing customer experiences. Cirium is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. The shares of RELX PLC, the parent company, are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York Stock Exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam: REN; New York: RELX.

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Author: ACI-LAC