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Azul's (AZUL) Traffic and Load Factor Plunge in December

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Owing to coronavirus led dwindling air travel demand mainly on the international front, Azul S.A. AZUL releases disappointing traffic numbers for December 2020.

Consolidated traffic (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) declined 31.4% year over year to 2.03 billion owing to 10.6% decline on domestic front and 85.3% fall, internationally. On a year-over-year basis, consolidated capacity (or available seat kilometres or ASKs) fell 28.4% to 2.54 billion. The downside was caused by 9% contraction in domestic capacity and 81.4% plunge in international capacity.

With traffic decline outpacing capacity contraction, load factor (percentage of seats filled by passengers) deteriorated 350 basis points (bps) to 80%. Both domestic load factor and international load factor tanked 150 bps and 1820 bps, respectively.

For 2020, the carrier registered RPK of 16.3 billion (down 45.5%) and ASK of 20.4 billion (down 43.1%). Consequently, load factor fell to 79.9% from 83.5% in the year-ago period.

On a month-over-month basis, consolidated domestic traffic and capacity soared 18.1% and 22.5% in December, respectively, from November reading. Consolidated load factor for December tanked to 80% compared with 83.1% in November. Both domestic and international load factor declined to 80.8% and 68.7% in December from 83.8% and 72.6% in November, respectively.

In December, the carrier flew more than 90% of its domestic capacity in comparison to same time last year.  Moreover, Azul ended 2020 giving service to 113 destinations.  

Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

Azul currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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