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Copa Holdings (CPA) January Traffic Down 66% on COVID-19 Woes

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Copa Holdings, S.A. (CPA - Free Report) reported a significant decline in January traffic as it grapples with coronavirus-led travel demand woes. Consolidated traffic, measured in revenue passenger miles (RPMs), plunged 66% year over year to 621.4 million.

With travel demand significantly below 2019 levels, the airline’s capacity (measured in available seat miles/ASMs), declined 54.8% year over year to 979.5 million in January. Load factor (percentage of seats filled by passengers) slipped 2080 basis points to 63.4% as traffic decreased more than the contraction in capacity.

Amid coronavirus-induced tepid travel demand, the carrier incurred a loss (excluding $1.97 from non-recurring items) of $2.00 per share in fourth-quarter 2020, wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of $1.90.

Quarterly revenues of $158.6 million beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $153.4 million. However, the top line plunged 76.7% year over year with passenger revenues (contributed 93% to the top line) declining 77.6%.

Owing to COVID-19’s effect on the aviation industry, the company operated at a capacity of approximately 27% of its 2019 level in the fourth quarter.

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