Air Transport World

Latin America/Caribbean

3.95% of world passengers

3.56% of world RPKs

3.41% of world FTKs

ACES: The Colombian carrier's net profit dipped to $3.1 million last year from $3.8 million in 1996, even though revenues jumped 18.9% to $147 million. Traffic results for the year were not available. Earlier this year, Continental Airlines acquired a 19% interest in the company.

Aerocaribe: The Mexicana affiliate is leasing five Jetstream 32EPs from British Aerospace Asset Management and has optioned five more. The initial five will replace three of Aerocaribe's six FH227s. It also flies six DC-9-15s and two Grand Caravans.

Aerolineas Argentinas: Mixed traffic results marked the first half of 1997 at the Argentine carrier, in which American Airlines is acquiring a stake (ATW, 12/97). Passenger boardings were down 2.4% to 2,100,275 but RPKs climbed 6.8% to 5.3 billion and FTKs jumped 18.4% to 103.8 million.

Aerolitoral: Mexico's largest regional, a subsidiary along with Aeromexico and Mexicans of holding company Cintra, flew 793,000 passengers in 1997 and chalked up revenues of $80 million.

This year, it is embarking on a major expansion, adding six Saab 340s to its fleet of 27 Metros. At year end, it was serving 31 destinations in Mexico and six in the U.S.

Aeromexico: Excellent traffic growth marked 1997 at the Mexican carrier, which posted gains of 9.7% to 7,520,095 in passenger enplanements, 12.9% to 10 billion in RPKs and 54% to 90.3 million in FTKs.

Aero Santa: The Peruvian carrier reported traffic results to ICAO only for the first three months of 1997. In that period, its passenger boardings were down 41.4% to 50,316 and RPKs were off 41.2% to 33 million.

Aerosur: The Bolivian carrier has received international route rights that allow it to compete with IAB and it plans to launch service to neighboring countries this year. Its 1997 traffic results could not be obtained.

Aerovias DAP: Traffic turned down at the Chilean carrier last year, according to ICAO. Passenger boardings slipped 5. …

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