November 06, 20 - 9:28 am - Reuters

Brazilian Azul passenger traffic continues to resume in October, but still drops 45% year-over-year

Brazilian airline Azul announced on Thursday that its consolidated passenger traffic increased 41% compared to September, reflecting the gradual easing of reclusion measures imposed to fight the pandemic.

However, the demand for seats on the company’s flights last month was still 45.2% lower than in October 2019, for 1.46 million passengers.

The sequential recovery was almost entirely domestic, as limitations on international flights in Europe and the United States caused Azul’s operations abroad in October to be 80.3% less than in the same period last year.

Azul’s total flight offer grew 42.6% in the sequential comparison but was still 41.8% compared to a year earlier. The aircraft occupancy rate was 79.3% in October, down 0.9% points from September and 4.9% year-over-year.

Earlier on Thursday, its Brazilian rival GOL had reported a 34% rise in demand for seats in October on a sequential basis, but down 41.1% year on year.

(Translated by LABS)