Air Transport World

Latin America/Caribbean. (airlines of the Latin American/Caribbean area) (World Airline Report 1990)

Aero California: The Mexican regional, which operates DC-9s from Baja California, did not provide its 1990 traffic results.

Aero Caribe: This regional is one of two acquired in 1990 by Mexicana as part of the big carrier's plan to create a feeder network. Aero Caribe's 1990 traffic results could not be obtained.

Aero Cozumel: The second regional taken under Mexicana's banner was Aero Cozumel, headquartered in the city of the same name. It did not furnish its 1990 traffic results.

Aerolineas Argentinas: Control of the ailing state-owned Argentine flag carrier was assumed in November by a consortium led by Spanish carrier Iberia but at this writing, Iberia was still lining up the necessary financing to complete the transaction.

As it did in 1989, Aerolineas Argentinas posted mixed traffic results in 1990. RPKs rose 2.5% to 8.5 billion but passenger boardings fell 8.2% to 3,306,919 and FTKs dipped 1.8% to 195.3 million.

Aerolineas Latinas: The Venezuelan cargo carrier launched service to Miami last year from its Caracas hub but apparently, has ceased operations.

Aeromexico: Excelient traffic growth marked 1990 at the revitalized Mexican carrier. Passenger boardings jumped 26% to 5,478,604, RPKs climbed 24.3% to 6.8 billion and FTKs soared 369% to 28.9 million. Continuing good gains of 20% in passengers and RPKs and 10% in freight are forecast for 1991. The year was not quite as good financially. Although revenues were up 46% to $567.5 million, operating profit fell to $255,000 from $4.6 million and net income declined to $365,000 from $2.6 million.

The past year's notable events have included entry into a technical alliance with Lufthansa and into an agreement with IBM to develop an upgraded reservations system. This year, Aeromexico will be acquiring nine Metros for its new regional airline, Litoral.

AeroPeru: Passenger traffic finally turned upward for the Peruvian carrier last year. Through August, the latest period for which numbers were available, passenger boardings rose 23.7% to 663,596 and RPKs were ahead 13.1% to 861 million. FTKs, however, were down 3.5% to 9.3 million.

Aeroregional: The Chilean regional carrier had provided traffic data to ICAO for only the first four months of 1990 at the time this was written At the end of April, its passenger boardings were down 18.7% to 9,933 and its RPKs were off 30.1% to 2.96 million.

Aerovias DAP: The Chilean third-level carrier suffered a traffic decline in 1990, reporting to ICAO that its passenger boardings were down 12. …

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