American Airlines dominates market between North and South America; capacity up 9% versus last January

In the last two months alone there have been several notable new routes launched between North and South America, including American Airlines linking Dallas/Fort Worth to Bogota, Aerolineas Argentinas resuming flights to New York, and JetBlue Airways venturing into Peru for the first time. This January capacity is up over 9% on non-stop routes between North and South America.

Scheduled airline seat capacity between airports in North America and South America is up 9.2% this January compared with a year ago. The US-Brazil market remains by far the biggest, with almost twice as much capacity as between the US and Colombia, the #2 market. The Colombian market has had a good 12 months. Apart from US capacity to the country being up almost 20%, scheduled seat capacity from Mexico is up almost 60%.

North America - South America Top 12 country-pairs by one-way monthly seat capacity (Change from Jan 13 to Jan 14)

Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for January 2013 and January 2014

The largest South American market from Canada is Brazil, which ranks 13th, just ahead of the Canada-Chile market. The only country pair to gain a non-stop service that previously did not have one is Mexico-Ecuador, which since 16 December has been served by a non-stop flight between Mexico City and Quito, operated six-times weekly by Aeromexico.

American Airlines dominates; bigger than next three carriers combined

Analysis of which airlines offer the most seat capacity on non-stop flights between North and South America reveals that, not surprisingly, American Airlines leads the way, and has extended its lead over its nearest rivals. The combined seat capacity of Avianca, LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines still falls short of what American provides in the market.

North America - South America Top 12 airlines by one-way monthly seat capacity (Change from Jan 13 to Jan 14)

Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for January 2013 and January 2014

Tenth-ranked JetBlue Airways is the fastest-growing airline in this market, having added new direct flights between Fort Lauderdale and Lima and Medellin, and increased frequency on its other three routes as well. Aerolineas Argentinas has seen significant growth thanks to the resumption in mid-December of non-stop flights between Buenos Aires and New York.

Miami and Sao Paulo lead rankings for individual airports

If the capacity flows are analysed at an airport level, then the leading airports in each region for traffic to the other region are Miami in North America, and Sao Paulo in South America. No airports in North America gained their first non-stop link to South America in the last 12 months, but in South America, Curitiba in Brazil gained its first non-stop service from North America when American introduced daily flights from Miami on 22 November.

North American Airport Monthly one-way seats South American Airport Monthly one-way seats
Miami (MIA) 408,472 Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) 218,088
New York JFK (JFK) 124,284 Bogota (BOG) 154,771
Mexico City (MEX) 99,485 Lima (LIM) 112,136
Atlanta (ATL) 55,081 Buenos Aires (EZE) 96,682
Houston Intercontinental (IAH) 44,462 Santiago (SCL) 76,869
Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) 42,260 Caracas (CCS) 76,000
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) 37,389 Rio de Janeiro (GIG) 70,007
Orlando (MCO) 36,536 Quito (UIO) 29,688
Toronto Pearson (YYZ) 30,495 Medellin (MDE) 24,427
Los Angeles (LAX) 25,641 Guayaquil (GYE) 18,228
Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for January 2014

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