Air Transport World

Latin America-Caribbean. (World Airline Report 1986)

Latin America/ Caribbean

Aeromexico: The traffic growth of the past few years ended at the Mexican carrier in 1986. Passenger boardings fell 8.9% to just over 6 million, RPKs declined 6.9% to 7.78 billion and freight traffic dropped 17.5% to 72.9 million FTKs. A much better year is anticipated in 1987; Aeromexico is forecasting increases of 18.9% in passengers and 29.2% in freight, although it expects RPKs to dip 2.4%.

Last year's highlights included inauguration of service to Atlanta and Montreal and addition of three McDonnell Douglas DC-8-62s to the fleet. Two MD-82s are on order.

Aeromexico reported an operating loss of $34.3 million and a net loss of $38.1 million in 1986 on revenues of $241 million. Comparative figures are not available due to currency fluctuations.

AeroPeru: Traffic surged at Peru's national carrier in 1986 after declining in 1985. Passenger boardings rose 23.6% to 1,119,917, RPKs soared 27.9% to 1.27 billion and FTKs jumped 26% to 126.6 million.

Air Jamaica: The Jamaican carrier enjoyed excellent growth in passenger traffic once again in 1986 as boardings climbed 16.3% to 985,458 and RPKs rose 16.8% to 1.7 billion. Increases of 10.3% in passengers and 17.5% in RPKs are anticipated this year.

The year also was a good one financially as Air Jamaica posted an operating profit of $10 million on revenues of $137 million.

A highlight of 1986 was joint operation of the Concorde between JFK Airport and Jamaica. …

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