Domestic passenger traffic in Brazil grew in March by 25.5% year-over-year while international traffic transported by Brazilian airlines was up 29.6%.
March saw also domestic load factors jump from 65.1% to 70.4%, while available seat kilometres increased by 16%.
In the first quarter, Star Alliance member airline TAM maintained its domestic and international leadership as it transported 41.8% of the domestic passengers, closely followed by GOL with 38.6% market share.
Startup Azul was third behind Gol and TAM in market share, but recorded the highest growth rate, transporting 82.8% more passengers during the first quarter compared with the year prior.
Behind TAM, Gol and Azul, Webjet posted a 5.6% market share, followed by regional carrier Trip with a 2.6% share and Avianca Brazil, recently rebranded from Oceanair, at 2.5%.
Internationally, TAM accounted for 85.8% of the traffic produced by local airlines during the first quarter, while GOL transported 13.1%. Avianca Brasil recorded a 1.1% debut in the ranking with its new route to Bogota.