Passenger Traffic: Brazil Gains

Rio de Janeiro's Galeão–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport is among the fastest-growing in Latin America. (Photos: Christ statue by Artyominc and airport by Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz)

Ezeiza in Buenos Aires posted the worst results among the top Latin American and Caribbean airports last year. (Photo: Matias)

Rio de Janeiro among fastest-growing airports in Latin America.


Brazilian airports are leading the way in growth in Latin American passenger traffic, according to a Latinvex analysis of data from Airports Council International. Four of the five growth winners are from Brazil.

Meanwhile, Ezeiza in Buenos Aires saw the region’s worst drop in passenger traffic last year.

Our ranking of the top 30 airports in Latin America and the Caribbean shows that Sao Paulo cemented its position as Latin America’s largest passenger airport last year, followed by Mexico City and Bogota.

Viracopos airport in Campinas (airport code VCP) posted 38.9 percent increase in passenger traffic last year to 7.8 million passengers.

Other fast-growing airports include:
Belo Horizonte (CNF), which grew by 30 percent to 9.9 million
Rio de Janeiro (GIG), where traffic increased 20.6 percent to 15.2 million and
Curitiba ( CWB ), which posted growth of 18.5 percent to 7.6 million passengers.

In Santiago (SCL) rounded out the top five growth winners in Latin America thanks to a 17.4 percent increase to 12.1 million passengers.

Ezeiza in Buenos Aires saw traffic fall 5.8 percent to 8.3 million passengers, which means the airport now ranks behind Belo Horizonte and Salvador in 13th place.

Other losers include Tijuana in Mexico (down 4.2 percent) and San Jose in Costa Rica (down 1.3 percent).

Other laggards include Monterrey, Guadalajara and Cancun. In fact, Mexico accounted for four of the seven worst airports last year.  

Other noticeable results:

Peru’s Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM) grew 14.7 percent to 11.8 million
Venezuela’s Simon Bolivar
Airport (CCS) grew 11.2 percent to 9.9 million passengers.
Panama’s Tocumen (PTY) grew traffic by 15.9 percent to 5.8 million passengers.

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