Hosting World Cup boosts Brazil’s international air traffic; American Airlines and TAM each start two new daily routes in last 12 months
Since anna.aero last took a close look at the Brazilian aviation market in December 2013 the country has hosted the FIFA World Cup (12 June to 13 July 2014), an event that was expected to put a major strain on the nation’s airports and transport infrastructure. Analysis of the most recent data from Brazilian authorities reveals that June and July saw minimal growth in domestic passenger demand as measured by RPKs (Revenue Passenger Kilometres). According to ANAC domestic passenger numbers were up 1.8% in June and 2.2% in July.
Azul now has 17% of domestic market following TRIP acquisition
Brazil’s two biggest airlines, TAM and GOL continue to account for just under three-quarters of the domestic market (as measured by RPKs). Azul has increased its market share to around 17% following the completion of its acquisition of TRIP at the end of last year. The other significant player in the domestic market is Avianca, which has gradually increased its share of the domestic market to around 9%.
Seat capacity up 3% in September across all airports
According to schedule data from Innovata / Diio Mi, seat capacity across Brazil’s more than 100 commercial airports is up 2.9% in September. Of Brazil’s top 12 airports, four are reporting a reduction in weekly seat capacity, with Curitiba down 5%, Sao Paulo Congonhas down 2% and both Rio de Janeiro Galeao and Porto Alegre down just under 1%. Doing rather better are Recife (+9.1%), Sao Paulo Viracopos (+7.4%), Sao Paulo Guarulhos (+7.3%) and Brasilia (+6.7%).
International seat capacity up 10% in September
Direct international air services to and from Brazil have seen a 10% increase in seat capacity compared with a year ago. anna.aero has identified seven international services, launched during the last 12 months, which are currently served at least daily.
|Launch date||Airline||From||To||A/c (WF)|
|22 November 2013||American Airlines||Porto Alegre (POA)||Miami (MIA)||B763 (7)|
|16 December 2013||American Airlines||Sao Paulo (GRU)||Los Angeles (LAX)||B772 (7)|
|1 January 2014||TAM||Sao Paulo (GRU)||Rosario (ROS)||A320 (7)|
|1 February 2014||TAM||Sao Paulo (GRU)||Asuncion (ASU)||A320 (7)|
|30 March 2014||Sky Airline||Sao Paulo (GRU)||Santiago (SCL)||A319 (14)|
|1 June 2014||Aerolineas Argentinas||Porto Alegre (POA)||Buenos Aires (EZE)||E190 (7)|
|3 July 2014||GOL||Sao Paulo (GRU)||Santiago (SCL)||B738 (14)|
|Source: anna.aero’s New Route Database.|