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In JAN-FEB 2023, more than 18 million passengers arrived in Brazil

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Compared to pre-pandemic levels, in 2 months of 2023, Brazil has achieved a 77% recovery in its traffic levels.

The latest data from Brazil’s Civil Aviation National Authority (ANAC) shows that over the first two months of the year, the country welcomed 18.3 million passengers, with LATAM Airlines leading the way. Brazil has managed to recover 88.4% of its 2019 traffic levels.

In comparison to 2021, Brazil has started the year on a strong note, having welcomed 18.3 million passengers, thanks to the impressive performances of LATAM Airlines, GOL Linhas Aéreas, and Azul Linhas Aéreas, especially in the domestic sector.

LATAM Brasil leads the air traffic

Up until now this year, LATAM Brasil has carried 5.7 million passengers, giving them a market share of 31.19%. Following closely behind is GOL with 5.35 million passengers, holding a market share of 29.19%, and then Azul with 4.69 million passengers, representing a market share of 25.59%.

These two months correspond to Brazil’s summer high season, and a decrease in the number of passengers can be expected in the upcoming months. LATAM Airlines reported a 13% increase in the number of travelers during this period compared to 2021.

Domestic flights

In Brazil’s domestic segment, the country has welcomed 14.90 million passengers, indicating a 91% recovery compared to pre-pandemic traffic levels. While both LATAM and Azul have managed to fully recover their pre-pandemic passenger numbers, GOL is still below that with 5.1 million passengers in 2023 as opposed to 5.9 million in 2019.

International flights

In terms of international travel, Brazil received 3.42 million passengers in January and February of 2023, with LATAM Brasil leading the way with 520,587 passengers, followed by TAP Portugal with 298,715 passengers, and GOL with 245,795 passengers. Overall, the LATAM Airlines Group, including LAN Chile and LAN Peru, had 780,678 passengers during this period.

in 2023 JAN-FEB, Brazil has managed to recover 77% of its traffic levels compared to pre-pandemic times. During the first two months of 2019, the country received 4.44 million international travelers.

According to Aline Mafra, LATAM Brasil’s Director of Sales and Marketing, it is highly rewarding to see that the airline’s efficiency has enabled it to transport over 6 million passengers on its flights in Brazil during the summer vacation period.

She adds that they have been working tirelessly to provide seamless connectivity to their customers within Brazil and internationally, and that many passengers have flown with them in a simple, quick, and safe manner during this time.

Following its bankruptcy process, LATAM has become more efficient and competitive and is currently operating a record number of 54 destinations throughout South America. It also holds the distinction of serving the highest number of international destinations from Brazil, with a total of 21, including eight cities in Europe – Barcelona, Paris, Rome, Frankfurt, London, Lisbon, Madrid, and Milan.

Later this year, the airline plans to restore its connectivity to Africa through its Sao Paulo-Johannesburg route.

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