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Azul's (AZUL) March Traffic Drops 13.4% From February Level

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With Brazil reeling under a second wave of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, it was obvious that Azul’s (AZUL - Free Report) March traffic report will be a disappointment compared with its February numbers.

Notably, traffic, measured in revenue passenger kilometers, declined13.4% month over month. With travel demand falling below the year-ago levels, the company reduced capacity significantly. In the same time frame, capacity measured in available seat kilometers contracted 5% in March from February levels. Since traffic decline was more than capacity contraction, load factor (% of seats filled by passengers) skidded to 71.7% in March from 78.6% in February.



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However, on a year-over-year basis, the scenario was rosier with consolidated traffic increasing 11.2%. However, the capacity expansion in March was more (15.4%). Consequently, load factor decreased 2.7 percentage points. While traffic declined 8.9% domestically, the fall was huge (89.3%) internationally. Load factor declined 2.2 percentage points to 71.2% in March. Internationally, the measure plummeted 12.5% percentage points to 57.3% at Azul, which competes with the likes of Gol Linhas (GOL - Free Report) and Copa Holdings (CPA - Free Report) in the Latin American aviation space.

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