Brazil received 62.5 million travelers from January to August 2022, according to data published by the country’s civil aviation authorities. Compared to 2019 levels, Brazil has recovered almost 80% of pre-pandemic traffic levels. Let’s look at the latest data.
Unlike Mexico, another major aviation market in Latin America, Brazil has been slower to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Mexico has already fully recovered and is up around 2% on pre-pandemic traffic levels, helped by a strong domestic market and impressive performance by ultra-low-cost carriers Volaris and Viva Aerobus. This resulted in Mexico gaining the largest aviation market in the region in 2022, with 70 million passengers by August.
Domestically, Brazil had 53 million travelers, an 86% increase compared to the same period in 2019. Internationally, the country had 9.58 million passengers, an increase of 58.4%, indicating that this segment remains more depressed due to various factors.
LATAM is the leader of the Brazilian airline in terms of the number of passengers carried. Photo: Lucas Souza | Simple flight.
In 2022, LATAM became the largest airline in Brazil (last year it was Azul). The airline carried 18.09 million domestic passengers, holding a 34.13% market share in the country. It is followed by Azul Linhas Aéreas with 17.62 million passengers (33.25% market share) and GOL Linhas Aéreas with 16.80 million passengers (31.71%).
None of the other regional carriers in Brazil have broken the 500,000 barrier. For example, MAP, the airline acquired by GOL, carried 88,591 passengers, while Azul Conecta, Azul’s Cessna-fueled regional arm, had 38,604 passengers through August. We recently conducted a flight review aboard Azul Linas Aéreas Embraer flight E195 between Guyana International Airport and Confins International Airport in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. You can read this here.
In connection with the arrival of the summer season in the southern hemisphere, the domestic carriers of Brazil are preparing to significantly increase their capacity. For example, Azul will launch 21 routesand GOL announced that it would restore several international routes from the northeast of Brazil.
Azul is significantly increasing its capacity for the country’s summer season. Photo: Lucas Souza | Simple flight.
Brazil’s recovery on the international market has been very slow (compared to other Latin American countries). Still, there are good benefits to rebuilding the country. Brazil had 1.05 million travelers in January 2022, a 43% increase from pre-pandemic traffic levels, despite being in the midst of the summer peak season. Brazil registered 1.43 million passengers in August 2022, a 70% increase over the same month three years ago.
In 2022, only one airline crossed the million passenger mark. LATAM carried 1.49 million passengers for the year, followed by TAP Portugal with 979,836 passengers and Copa Airlines with 622,857 passengers.
GOL and Azul recorded 478,669 and 466,871 passengers respectively, slowly resuming international connectivity and increasing capacity. For example, Azul announced this week that it will use its newly acquired Airbus A350-900 aircraft to serve OrlandoFlorida.
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https://simpleflying.com/brazil-62-million-travelers/ This year, Brazil welcomed 62.5 million travelers