Brazil continues double digit traffic growth in 2011

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Brazil's airlines posted a 15.7% growth in passenger traffic in 2011 from the year before.

The country's carriers recorded an average domestic load factor of 70.2%, compared with 68.5% in 2010, indicating that fears about a potential overcapacity in the local market did not materialise.

According to data provided by Brazil's civil aviation authority ANAC, the market shares of Brazil's domestic carriers remain largely unchanged. Market leader TAM held a 41.2% share while Gol had a 37.4% share. Azul managed to consolidate its position in third place as it grabbed a 8.6% market share in 2011 as its traffic jumped by 40.8%, compared with 6% in 2010.

The figures for December 2011 reflect this trend, with Azul capturing a 9.6% market share. No other carrier besides TAM and Gol has been able to surpass a 10% market share since the bankruptcy of Varig. In comparison, the market shares of TAM and Gol continued to decline in December, with passenger traffic remaining largely flat year-on-year.

WebJet and Trip were ranked fourth and fifth respectively in market share with 5.54% and 3.3% respectively.

Avianca-Taca's Brazilian affiliate Avianca Brazil was in sixth place with a 3.1% market share.

Internationally, TAM continues to be the market leader, carrying 88.1% of the traffic, while Gol transported a 10.6% share.