Hosting World Cup boosts Brazil’s international air traffic; American Airlines and TAM each start two new daily routes in last 12 months

Even before Germany won the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in July, German leisure airline Condor was starting (on 20 June) a new weekly service from Frankfurt to Fortaleza in the north-east corner of the country. Despite the movement of thousands of football fans between Brazilian cities during the event, domestic traffic showed only modest growth in June and July.

Since 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.

Brazilian domestic market Year-on-year change in domestic RPKs

Source: ANAC.

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%.

Brazilian domestic market Domestic market share of RPKs

Source: ANAC.

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. 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:’s New Route Database.


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