Total passenger traffic down 64.4% year-on-year impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

LUXEMBOURG–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Corporación América Airports S.A. (NYSE: CAAP), (“CAAP” or the “Company”) the largest private sector airport operator in the world by number of airports, reported today a 64.4% year-over-year (YoY) decline in passenger traffic in January 2021.

Passenger Traffic, Cargo Volume and Aircraft Movements Highlights

 

Statistics

Jan’21

Jan’20(1)(2)(3)

% Var.

 

Domestic Passengers (thousands)

1,689

4,109

-58.9%

 

International Passengers (thousands)

354

2,229

-84.1%

 

Transit Passengers (thousands)

511

831

-38.5%

 

Total Passengers (thousands)

2,554

7,169

-64.4%

 

Cargo Volume (thousand tons)

20.4

30.8

-33.7%

 

Total Aircraft Movements (thousands)

35.0

71.7

-51.2%

 

(1) Note that preliminary passenger traffic figures for January 2020 for Ezeiza Airport, in Argentina, were adjusted to include additional inbound passengers not accounted for in the initial count, for an average of approximately 5% of total passenger traffic at Ezeiza Airport and 1% of total traffic at CAAP, during that period. Importantly, inbound traffic does not affect revenues, as tariffs are applicable on departure passengers.

(2) Preliminary data on 1,256 flights in January 2020 at Brasilia Airport, due to delays in the submission of information by third parties.

(3) Cargo volumes in Uruguay were rectified from January to June 2020, to reflect all cargo passing through the cargo terminal, instead of air cargo only.

Passenger Traffic Overview

Total passenger traffic in January 2021 dropped 64.4% YoY, reflecting the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on air travel, although showing a slight sequential improvement from the 68.8% and 77.1% declines reported in December and November 2020, respectively. In all of the countries of operations, certain travel restrictions and requirements are in place and passenger demand remains low. International traffic declined by 84.1% YoY, while domestic traffic dropped 58.9% YoY.

In Argentina, total passenger traffic declined 74.5% YoY, although improving from the 84.1% decline in December 2020. International passenger traffic declined 84.9%, flat when compared to the 84.8% reported in December 2020, while domestic passenger traffic dropped 69.6% YoY, an improvement from the 84.0% drop in December 2020. Moreover, in light of the new COVID-19 strain, the government implemented restrictions on international flights from certain countries, and temporarily suspended the entry of foreigners from neighboring countries.

In Italy, passenger traffic declined 92.4% YoY, with international and domestic traffic down 94.6% and 86.8% YoY, respectively, reflecting the new air travel restrictions announced by the Italian government following a new COVID-19 outbreak in the region, coupled with weak passenger demand. Importantly, it is expected that Florence Airport will remain closed to operations due to runway works from February 1st to March 20, 2020.

In Brazil, total passenger traffic declined 34.4% YoY, but remained flat compared to December 2020 traffic figures. Domestic passenger traffic declined 32.2%, while international traffic dropped 92.2% YoY, mainly driven by low demand and new travel restrictions starting at year-end.

In Uruguay, passenger traffic declined of 93.5% YoY, due to the closure of borders implemented late December 2020 through January 31, 2021, for all travelers including Uruguayan citizens, with few exemptions. Starting February 1st, however, restrictions were partially lifted, allowing air travel for Uruguayan nationals, resident foreigners, and non-residents foreigners with work or health permits.

In Ecuador, passenger traffic declined 67.8% YoY, with international traffic down 58.5% and domestic traffic down 75.8%, while in Armenia, total passenger traffic dropped 72.6% during the month, as passenger traffic demand remains low.

Cargo Volume and Aircraft Movements

Cargo volume decreased 33.7% on January 2021, mainly due to declines of 42.4% in Argentina, 51.5% in Ecuador and 20.3% in Uruguay.

Aircraft movements declined 51.2% YoY in January 2021, mainly attributed to decreases of 55.2% in Argentina, 79.3% in Italy, 25.6% in Brazil and 45.1% in Ecuador. Aircraft movements also declined 82.1% in Uruguay, 66.9% in Armenia and 44.3% in Peru.

Summary Passenger Traffic, Cargo Volume and Aircraft Movements

 

Jan’21 (2)

Jan’20 (1)(2)

% Var.

 

Passenger Traffic (thousands)

 

 

 

 

Argentina

929

3,642

-74.5%

 

Italy

36

480

-92.4%

 

Brazil

1,230

1,876

-34.4%

 

Uruguay

15

233

-93.5%

 

Ecuador

124

385

-67.8%

 

Armenia

64

235

-72.6%

 

Peru

156

318

-50.9%

 

TOTAL

2,554

7,169

-64.4%

 

(1) See Footnote 1 in previous table. (2) See Footnote 2 in previous table.

 

Cargo Volume (tons)

 

Argentina

10,599

18,386

-42.4%

 

Italy

1,132

1,119

1.2%

 

Brazil

4,458

4,612

-3.3%

 

Uruguay

1,777

2,229

-20.3%

 

Ecuador

1,458

3,008

-51.5%

 

Armenia

787

1,028

-23.5%

 

Peru

206

406

-49.3%

 

TOTAL

20,417

30,787

-33.7%

 

Aircraft Movements

 

 

 

 

Argentina

16,477

36,756

-55.2%

 

Italy

997

4,818

-79.3%

 

Brazil

10,597

14,247

-25.6%

 

Uruguay

632

3,535

-82.1%

 

Ecuador

4,116

7,495

-45.1%

 

Armenia

740

2,238

-66.9%

 

Peru

1,442

2,591

-44.3%

 

TOTAL

35,001

71,680

-51.2%

 

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About Corporación América Airports

Corporación América Airports acquires, develops and operates airport concessions. Currently, the Company operates 52 airports in 7 countries across Latin America and Europe (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador, Armenia and Italy). In 2019, Corporación América Airports served 84.2 million passengers. The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange where it trades under the ticker “CAAP”. For more information, visit http://investors.corporacionamericaairports.com.

Contacts

Investor Relations Contact
Gimena Albanesi

Email: gimena.albanesi@caairports.com
Phone: +5411 4852-6411

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