STRONG GROWTH FOR LATIN AND CARIBBEAN AIRLINES IN FIRST HALF 2017

According to data from ALTA, the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association, regional carriers, during the rst half of 2017, members of the association transported close to 121.5 million passengers, a growth of 5.7% over 2016. The strong growth is in uenced by a return to growth for Brazil, whose economy has bottomed out and appears to be picking up again. Brazil’s domestic air traf c grew by 0.3% from January to June 2017, generating 43.30 million passengers.

A positive outcome is the growth in overseas passenger movements. Caribbean and Latin American carriers saw passenger traffic jumping by 11.4% for international routes outside Latin America. They recorded 11.5 million passengers during the rst half of 2017. While routes to North America continue to represent the largest source of traf c (9.29 million passengers, up 9.4%), the most dynamic market route is that of Latin America to Europe. ALTA members carried 1.92 million passengers, a growth of 20.4%.