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23/01/2018 - 20:08hs

International flights demand up 12%

According to the sector’s association Abear, the demand among Brazilian airlines rose more than supply, improving airplane utilization.

São Paulo – The demand for international flights among Brazilian airlines rose 12.05% last year over 2016, according to the Brazilian Airlines Association (ABEAR). Since the increase in flight offers, which was of 10.61%, was lower than demand, aircraft utilization rate ended the year at 84.81%, up 1.09 percentage point.

According to ABEAR, 8.4 million people were carried by Brazilian airlines in international flights, up 11.4%.

Meanwhile, regarding domestic flights, 2017 results are the third best ever, trailing only 2015 and 2014, respectively. The demand for domestic flights rose 3.51%, while supply increased 1.68% in the same comparison. Thus, aircraft utilization was 1.45 percentage point higher than 2016, reaching 81.59%.

In all, 89.9 million passengers were carried in domestic flights, up 2.71% over 2016.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani

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