Airline passenger flow in Brazil rises 25.6% in July


SAO PAULO – Brazil’s domestic airline passenger flow rose 25.6% in July from a year earlier, according to figures released by the Civil Aviation Agency, or Anac, Thursday.

Passengers flew 4.23 billion kilometers on domestic flights in July, while available seat kilometers rose 15.3% to 6.32 billion, according to Anac. The numbers were slightly below June figures, however.

The average load factor was 66.9% compared with 65.44% in June.

Brazil’s leading airline, TAM S.A, saw its market share diminished once again in July, to 43% from 51% last year and 44.7% in June. Meanwhile, rival GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA saw its share rise to 42.8% from 41.7% last year and 42.19% in June.

Recently created Azul – Linhas Aereas Brasileiras increased its market share again to 4.69% from 4.3% in June and 4.2% in May. Azul, a new low-cost airline set up by JetBlue Airways Corp. (JBLU) founder David Neeleman, started operating late last year.

Meanwhile, small operator Webjet Airlines’ share rose to 4.52% from 3.1% last year and 4.23% in June.

The number of passenger-kilometers flown by paying customers on international flights run by Brazilian airlines was 2.04 billion, down 10.15% but up from the 1.63 billion in June as July is a holiday month here.