Azul – Brazil’s largest airline by the number of cities served and flight departures – has reported passenger traffic increased year-on-year by 14.4 per cent in November – on the back of capacity growth.
The carrier welcomed 1.88 million passengers on its flights as capacity increased 12.4 per cent and resulting in a load factor of 83.6 per cent, an increase of 1.5 percentage points compared to November 2017.
Domestic load factor was 82.5 per cent, an increase of 1.6 percentage points compared to the same period last year and international load factor was 87.7 per cent, up 0.8 percentage points.
Azul chief executive officer, John Rodgerson said: “Once again we grew capacity by double digits and increased our load factors both domestically and internationally, as we continue to see a solid demand environment in Brazil.
“Most of our growth is coming from the 18 A320neos we have on our fleet today replacing smaller aircraft in markets we already operate.”
Yesterday, Azul launched its second route to Europe in the shape of Porto (Portugal), adding to the Lisbon sector it already operates.