Azul Reports December 2018 Traffic

Azul S.A., (B3: AZUL4,NYSE: AZUL), the largest airline in Brazil by number of cities served and flight departures, announces today its preliminary traffic results for December 2018.

Consolidated passenger traffic (RPKs) increased 13.4% compared to December 2017 on a capacity increase (ASKs) of 13.5% resulting in a load factor of 83.0%, mostly in line with the 83.1% recorded in December 2017. Domestic load factor was 81.3%, representing a decrease of 0.4 p.p. compared to the same period in 2017 while international load factor was 88.0%, up 0.6 p.p..

“December was another strong month for Azul as we continue to execute on our fleet transformation strategy backed by a solid demand environment. We received another two A320neos in December, ending the year with 20 aircraft of this type. As we move forward, we continue to be very excited about our fleet transformation process and the results we are seeing from it”, says John Rodgerson, Azul’s CEO.

In 2018, Azul was once again the most on-time airline in Brazil, with an on-time arrival rate of 86.5% according to FlightStats. 

Dec-18

Dec-17

% ?

4Q18

4Q17

% ?

2018

2017

% ?

Total

RPK (million)

2,325

2,049

13.4%

6,162

5,382

14.5%

24,156

20,760

16.4%

ASK (million)

2,800

2,467

13.5%

7,425

6,506

14.1%

29,353

25,300

16.0%

Load factor

83.0%

83.1%

-0.1 p.p.

83.0%

82.7%

+0.3 p.p.

82.3%

82.1%

+0.2 p.p.

Domestic

RPK (million)

1,698

1,510

12.4%

4,668

4,108

13.6%

17,856

16,424

8.7%

ASK (million)

2,088

1,849

12.9%

5,707

5,060

12.8%

22,103

20,458

8.0%

Load factor

81.3%

81.7%

-0.4 p.p.

81.8%

81.2%

+0.6 p.p.

80.8%

80.3%

+0.5 p.p.

International

RPK (million)

627

539

16.2%

1,494

1,274

17.3%

6,300

4,336

45.3%

ASK (million)

712

618

15.4%

1,718

1,446

18.9%

7,250

4,842

49.7%

Load factor

88.0%

87.4%

+0.6 p.p.

87.0%

88.1%

-1.1 p.p.

86.9%

89.5%

-2.6 p.p.