Boarding area of Natal Airport. Image: Wendell Jefferson / Inframerica.
In September of this year, more than 3.05 million passengers flew over the country. The number represents an increase of 850,000 passengers compared to the previous month when approximately 2.2 million people were embarked. However, compared to September last year, the number of paid passengers carried is 61%. In the cumulative annual result, Brazilian air traffic recorded a decrease of the same indicator by 56%.
The numbers are part of the September Demand and Supply report (click the link to access) released this Tuesday (10/20) by the National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC).
Domestic demand for paid transported passengers (RPK) and the supply of seat-kilometers (ASK) decreased by 55.2% and 54.5% respectively in September this year compared to the same period in the previous year. In the year, the RPK decreased by 53.3% and the ASK by 51.4%. In the previous month the indicators had fallen by 67.5% (RPK) and 64.6% (ASK).
The usage rate of aircraft in the domestic market was 80.4% in September this year, a decrease of 1.6% compared to the same period last year. In the first nine months of 2020, the indicator adds up to 79.3%, 3.8% less than registered in the same period last year. On the other hand, the occupancy rate of the aircraft increased in September compared to August, when it was a record of 75.8%.
Freight traffic on the domestic market fell by 24.3% in September this year compared to the same month of the previous year 2019. The freight volume carried in the month was 27,324 tons. In the cumulative annual result, the decrease in freight traffic is 32% compared to the same period of the previous year.
Statistical data for September and other months of the year are available for consultation on air transport demand and supply – Brazilian and foreign companies (click the link to access).
The international market, mainly affected by the closure of some borders and the sharp reduction in flight availability from March this year due to the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus, saw a drop in demand for paid passenger flight availability in September of the order of 90.7 % and 79.5%, respectively. In the first nine months of the year, demand fell 67.2% compared to the same period last year, while supply recorded a loss of 60.4%.
From January to September of this year 5.9 million passengers were carried on the international market. Compared to the same period of the previous year, the indicator fell by 68%. In September the use of aircraft was 39.2%. In the same period in 2019, the aircraft load factor was 86.2%. In the first nine months of the year, the indicator fell by 17.1% compared to the same period of the previous year.