Passenger traffic up 6.8% YoY in Argentina and 2.1% in Italy, partially offset by declines in Brazil and Uruguay
Corporación América Airports S.A. (NYSE: CAAP), the largest private sector airport operator in the world by number of airports, reported today preliminary year-over-year passenger traffic growth of 1.8% in April 2019.
|Passenger Traffic, Cargo Volume and Aircraft Movements Highlights|
|Statistics||Apr’19||Apr’18||% Var.||YTD’19||YTD’18||% Var|
|Domestic Passengers (thousands)||3,725||3,462||7.6%||15,255||14,034||8.7%|
|International Passengers (thousands)||2,233||2,341||-4.6%||8,809||9,073||-2.9%|
|Transit Passengers (thousands)||633||668||-5.2%||2,954||3,010||-1.9%|
|Total Passengers (thousands)||6,590||6,471||1.8%||27,019||26,118||3.4%|
|Cargo Volume (thousand tons)||36.7||35.5||3.5%||141.5||134.0||5.6%|
|Total Aircraft Movements (thousands)||68.5||70.9||-3.4%||281.2||284.3||-1.1%|
Passenger Traffic Overview
Total passenger traffic in April 2019 slowed to 1.8% YoY from 2.6% YoY last month. Growth of 6.8% in Argentina and 2.1% in Italy, further supported by growth across most other countries of operations, was partially offset by declines in Brazil and Uruguay. The Company faced easier comps in April as the Easter holidays this year fell in April, while in 2018 they fell in March.
In Argentina, total passenger traffic growth of 6.8% YoY, was mainly driven by an 18.1% growth in domestic passengers benefiting from the launch of several new routes and the addition of new airlines during 2018 and 2019, together with a mix-shift to domestic from international travel by local passengers. International passenger traffic fell 12.1% reflecting continued challenging macro conditions. During April, Flybondi continued to add new domestic routes connecting Neuquén Airport with Mendoza and Córdoba airports, Salta Airport with Córdoba and Rosario airports, and Tucumán Airport with Rosario Airport, further increasing connectivity in the country. In addition, low cost airline JetSmart begun domestic operations with routes from El Palomar Airport to Mendoza and Córdoba airports and from Salta Airport to Neuquén, Córdoba and Mendoza airports. Also in April, the remaining regional flights were migrated from Aeroparque to Ezeiza Airport, with the exception of flights to/from Montevideo and Punta del Este, in Uruguay.
In Italy, passenger traffic increased 2.1%, driven by growth of 6.0% at Florence Airport reflecting easier comps as last year traffic was impacted by Air France pilots’ strike. This month, traffic benefited from the Easter Holiday effect together with the good performance of TAP’s connecting flight to Lisbon and the additional flights to Madrid by Iberia. In addition, SAS airlines started operations at Florence airport, with a new connection to Copenhagen with three weekly flights. Also, Air Arabia Maroc started operations at Pisa airport, with a new route to Casablanca, Morocco.
In Brazil, passenger traffic declined 7.8%, impacted by cancellation of certain routes at several Brazilian airports by Avianca Brasil, and, to a lesser extent, a reduction in less profitable routes and frequencies by LATAM Airlines as it seeks to optimize operations at Brasilia Airport. By contrast, Gol airlines announced the addition of several frequencies over the coming months, in line with its strategy of expanding operations at Brasilia airport.
In Ecuador, passenger traffic increased 10.2%, with international passenger traffic at Guayaquil Airport up 5.8%, mainly attributed to the additional frequencies by COPA and Jet Blue, started earlier this year.
Cargo Volume and Aircraft Movements
Cargo volume increased 3.5% in April 2019, mainly as a result a 63.1% increase in Brazil, offset by a decline of 12.7% in Argentina, related to the continued challenging macroeconomic conditions.
Aircraft movements decreased 3.4% in April 2019, mainly as a result of a 15.9% decline in Brazil.
|Summary Passenger Traffic, Cargo Volume and Aircraft Movements|
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