Air Transport World

Latin America-Caribbean. (airline industry report)

Aerolines Argentinas: The Argentine flag carrier began to recover in 1983 from sharp traffic declines caused by the Falklands crisis of 1982.

RPKs rose 6.3% last year to 5.48 billion and passenger boardings were up 2.8% to 3,486,211. Essentially flat traffic is being forecast for 1984.

Aeromexico: Healthy increases of 17.1% to 7.5 billion in RPKs and 8.8% to 5,981,957 in passengers marked 1983 at Mexico's flag carrier. In 1984, Aeromexico expects to board 6.1 million passengers, fly 7.9 billion RPKs, increase its freight traffic by 25%, improve its onboard service, and introduce first-class service on its international flights.

Aeromexico posted an operating profit of $20.4 million but a net loss of $18 million in 1983 on revenues of $276 million. comparisons with 1982 are distorted by exchange rates, but the carrier had both an operating loss and a net loss that year.

AeroPeru: The traffic declines of 1982 were reversed at the Peruvian carrier in 1983, with RPKs rising 9.4% to just over 1 billion, passenger boardings increasing 4.5% to 946,528 and FTKs clibming 10% to 110 million.

Air Jamaica: The addition of new longhaul routes sent RPK's soaring 44.5% at the Jamaican carrier in 1983, but passenger boardings dipped 0. …

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