Azul S.A. (AZUL - Free Report) released impressive traffic numbers for March 2019. Load factor (percentage of seats filled by passengers) in the month improved as traffic growth outpaced capacity expansion.
Consolidated traffic (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) improved 15.6% year over year to 2.17 billion owing to 20.1% growth on the domestic front and a 2.7% rise on the international front. On a year-over-year basis, consolidated capacity (or available seat kilometers/ASKs) expanded 15.3% to 2.68 billion, driven by 17.5% rise in domestic capacity and 8.5% growth in international capacity.
Notably, consolidated load factor expanded 20 basis points to 80.8%. Also, load factor on the domestic front inched up to 81% from 79.2% in the prior-year period. However, load factor on the international front slipped to 80.2% from 84.7% a year ago.
Solid demand for air travel has led to the company’s encouraging traffic report. Notably, passenger revenues were up 17.9% on a year-over-year basis during 2018 owing to robust travel demand. Higher passenger revenues will continue to boost the carrier’s top line.
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