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Copa Holdings (CPA) Traffic, Load Factor Rise in August

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Latin American carrier, Copa Holdings, S.A. CPA, posted a substantial rise in traffic for August. Traffic — measured in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) — came in at 1.82 billion, up 16% on a year-over-year basis.

Consolidated capacity (or available seat miles/ASMs) expanded 14.2% to 2.13 billion. As the increase in traffic outpaced growth in capacity, the load factor (percentage of seats filled by passengers) improved 140 basis points (bps) to 85.1% in the same month.

For the first eight months of 2017, Copa Holdings generated RPMs of 13.24 billion (up 13.3% year over year) and ASMs of 15.92 billion (up 8.5%). Load factor registered growth of 350 bps year over year to 83.1%, during the period.

Markedly, Copa Holdings, like its fellow Latin American carrier GOL Linhas GOL, is benefiting from an improved Latin American economy. Evidently, the stock has performed well this year. The company has gained 45.5%, outperforming its industry’s rally of 10.4% on a year-to-date basis.

 

Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

Copa Holdings carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Better-ranked stocks in the airline space includeRyanair Holdings RYAAY and SkyWest SKYW, each holding a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Shares of Ryanair and SkyWest have gained more than 28% and 9%, respectively, on a year-to-date basis.

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