Several South American countries have enjoyed rapid expansion in the capacity offered in their domestic airline markets over the last year, October schedules data from Innovata shows.
Monthly available seats were lifted nearly a fifth in Chile’s domestic market compared with the same month in 2012, and increased nearly 60% in the Venezuelan domestic market. Airline capacity in the smaller Bolivian market was also increased 50% the data shows.
Airlines lifted capacity in South America’s second largest domestic market, Colombia, by 16% and 9% in the Argentinean domestic market.
But it was a different story in the region’s largest market, Brazil, where capacity was 3% lower in October 2013 than a year previously as airlines pulled back following recent over-capacity in the market. Capacity was cut on Brazil’s three biggest domestic routes – linking São Paulo Congonhas to Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont and Brasilia, as well as the São Paulo Guarulhos-Salvador connection.
Airlines though have lifted capacity around a fifth on the Guarulhos-Salvador routing.