Mexico’s largest international airline Grupo Aeromexico has revealed that it transported 131,000 passengers in September 2011, representing a 5% increase in passengers compared to the previous year and a all-time record for company.
Grupo Aeromexico has attributed the rise in passenger numbers to consolidation that had occurred in the Mexican aviation industry. International passenger traffic grew 28% in September 2011, while domestic passenger traffic decreased 2% year over year. During the first nine months of the year, Grupo Aeromexico transported a total of 10 million 565 thousand passengers; a 27% increase over the number registered for the same period in 2010.
Demand in September, measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPKs), grew 12% year over year. Capacity, measured in Available Seat Kilometers (ASKs), registered a 19% increase. It is important to note that during the month of September, Grupo Aeromexico took advantage of low seasonality to perform maintenance tasks on five narrowbody airplanes; standard maintenance is three airplanes per month. This therefore reduced the Company’s potential capacity for the month. The load factor for September was 75.5%. The cumulative load factor for the first three quarters of the year was 78.6%.