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ALTA Member Airlines Passenger Traffic Climbs 8.2% in May

The Latin American Air Transport Association (ALTA) announced that its member airlines carried 9.75 million passengers in May, up 8.2% from last year.

ALTA Member Airlines Passenger Traffic Climbs 8.2% in May

Miami, July 10, 2008. - The Latin American Air Transport Association (ALTA) announced that its member airlines carried 9.75 million passengers in May, up 8.2% from last year.

Traffic (measured in RPKs) and capacity increased 13.4% and 8.9% respectively. The higher growth in traffic than in ASKs brought up the load factor to 70.8%, 2.8 percentage points higher than in the previous year.

The number of passengers carried year-to-date (January '08 - May '08) increased 7.6% versus the same period the previous year, reaching 47.3 million passengers. During the aforementioned period, traffic (RPKs) increased 12.5%, capacity 10.9%, and passenger load factor reached 71.1%, 1.0 percentage points higher than the previous year.

Freight ton kilometers decreased 10.6% in May and 9.3% year-to-date.

  • 2008        2007         %                                                                May Year-to-date (Jan-May)          
  • RPK(000'000)      13,642.1     12,032.8     13.4%                   69,641.0     61,884.6      12.5%
  • ASK(000'000)      19,272.3     17,702.2     8.9%                     97,930.4     88,271.4      10.9%
  • PAX                        9,750,462   9,014,500   8.2%                    47,366,953  44,006,898   7.6%
  • PLF                        70.8%        68.0%       2.8%                         71.1%        70.1%         1.0
  • FTK (000)              274,630      307,279     -10.6%                  1,372,815    1,513,872     -9.3%

If you wish to download the May file click here.


RPK: Revenue Passenger Kilometers; number of seats sold (passengers carried) times the distance traveled.
ASK: Available Seat Kilometers; number of seats available for sale times the distance traveled.
PLF: Passenger Load Factor; average number of seats occupied in each flight, which is obtained by dividing the RPKs by the ASKs.
FTK: Freight Ton Kilometers in passenger services; number of ton of freight carried in passenger services and in 'all cargo' services times the distance traveled.

ALTA,, was founded in 1980 as a non-profit airline association. Its member carriers have total revenue of more than $19 billion, operate more than 800 aircraft and employ more than 70,000 workers in Antigua, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela, Uruguay and in other nations the airlines serve.

Member Airlines: Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Aeropostal, AeroRepública, AeroSur, Aires, Air Jamaica, Aserca Airlines, Avianca, Bahamas Air, Caribbean Airlines, Cayman Airways, Cielos Airlines, Click, Copa Airlines, Cubana, GOL, Icaro, LAB, LAN Airlines, LAN Ecuador, LAN Peru, Liat, Mexicana, Nature Air, Pluna, Santa Barbara Airlines, Sky Airline, TACA, TACA Peru, TAM, TAM Mercosur, Tame, VARIG, VARIG LOG and Volaris. In addition, ALTA includes four Associate Airlines - Air Canada, Continental Airlines, Iberia and UPS.

Contact: +1-786-388-0222 - Gustavo Di Cio ( / Hernan Sznycer ( / Misty Pinson (