Latin America Air Freight Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

Latin America's Air Freight Carrier Industry Report is Segmented by Services (transport, Forwarding, and Other Services), Destination (domestic and International), Carrier Type (belly Cargo and Freighter), and Geography (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, and the Rest of Latin America). The Report Offers Market Size and Forecasts for the Latin American Air Freight Market in Value (USD) for all the Above Segments.

Latin America Air Freight Carriers Market Size

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Latin America Air Freight Market Summary
Study Period 2020-2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Market Size (2024) USD 1.04 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 1.28 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 4.22 %
Market Concentration Low

Major Players

Latin America Air Freight Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Latin America Air Freight Carriers Market Analysis

The Latin America Air Freight Industry is expected to grow from USD 1.04 billion in 2024 to USD 1.28 billion by 2029, at a CAGR of 4.22% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

  • The air trade in Latin America is growing with an increase in capacity addition and demand for fresh Latin American perishable goods across the globe. However, the archaic regulations and slow growth in infrastructure are hindering the continent from realizing its full potential. Economic instability coupled with widely divergent travel restrictions, newly imposed taxes, and a lack of government financial aid was to make for a rather uneven recovery from the downturn driven by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • As per the data released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), in August 2022, the region had a 9.0% increase in freight volumes for airlines compared to August 2021. Among other regions, Latin America witnessed a significant growth rate. The growth is mainly attributed to the offering of new routes and capacity. The region is also expected to invest more in aircraft for air cargo in the upcoming months. When compared to August 2021, capacity has increased by 24.3%.
  • Unlike other rivals who are still feeling the consequences of Russia's war in Ukraine and the lifting of strict Chinese lockdowns, American Airlines saw an increase in revenue in May of this year. Latin American carriers outperformed all other regions in May, outperforming the general declining trend with a rise in cargo volumes of 13.8%. According to IATA, "Airlines in this region have demonstrated optimism by launching new routes and capacity, and in certain cases investing in more aircraft for air cargo in the coming months." When compared to 2021, the region's capacity increased by 33.3% in May.
  • The air freight sector is currently experiencing a number of difficulties, including planes being grounded, routes being cut, and a drop in demand. Compared to the pandemic era, certain global air freight corporations are indicating a slackened demand.
  • In contrast to the booming consumer demand that characterized the preceding two years, the air freight sector is currently facing a decline in customer demand, notwithstanding the time of year. Simply expressed, due to a number of circumstances, air freight companies anticipate a subdued fourth quarter in 2022. These include the broken supply chain, the protracted war, the slowdown of the world economy, and the possibility of a worldwide recession.

Latin America Air Freight Carriers Market Trends

Growth of E-commerce increase the transport service

As per a recent report by DHL, cross-border e-commerce is one of the major opportunities for logistics providers due to the lower density of physical retail space, limited product availability, high penetration of smartphones, and purchase savings throughout the region. The industry continuously innovates to leverage the latest technologies and develop fraud protection solutions and authentication technologies that allow key players, merchants, and banks to identify online shoppers by leveraging solutions such as biometric data for identity authentication. Several factors are behind this growth, the most important being the large numbers of millennials making purchases and the massive proliferation of smartphones.

In Latin America today, social commerce is starting to overtake e-commerce. More than half of the Latin American shoppers polled in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico engaged in social commerce. Comparing social commerce to traditional e-commerce, such as official corporate websites or marketplace websites like Amazon, Rappi, or MercadoLibre, the latter is gaining ground in Latin America.

The increased selection of payment options was cited by more than 40% of customers from Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico as a key advantage of social commerce. Nearly one-third of social commerce transactions in Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico involved currency coupons obtained from convenience stores. This demonstrates that, in addition to relying on bank transfers, cards, and PayPal, even tech-savvy social media users favor cash as their preferred payment option.

Latin America Air Freight Market: Retail e-commerce sales in Latin America from 2019 to 2025

Brazil Evolving as an Important Market for the Growth in the Air Freight Industry

Brazil's assistance of air cargo through its customs and border regulations ranks 52nd out of 135 countries in terms of the E-freight Friendliness Index (EFFI) globally. The air cargo transportation market has grown considerably in the country due to its various benefits, such as greater speed and safety in the movement of products inside and outside the country.

The Brazilian aviation industry is a top 10 export destination for U.S. aerospace products. Brazil has the 5th largest airspace in the world and is one of six countries globally that manufactures commercial jets. Aerospace products and parts are the second-largest sector for U.S. exports to Brazil. U.S. companies exported USD 6.808 billion in 2022, a nearly full recovery from the pre-pandemic high of USD 7.021 billion in 2019.

In addition to being an attractive destination for U.S. exports, in 2022, Brazil was also the largest South American source of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the United States, according to SelectUSA, the U.S. Government’s investment promotion program. Additionally, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis indicates that the Brazilian stock of job-creating FDI in the United States stood at USD 30.6 billion in 2022 when measured by the market of the ultimate beneficial owner or UBO.

One of the key advantages of air freight is its dependability. Even though weather conditions can affect flight schedules, the availability of daily flights makes it simple to board the following trip. Consolidating shipments might be assisted by a knowledgeable air freight forwarding business. Combining airport terminal pickup, customs brokerage, cargo delivery, and affordable air carrier rates can help simplify logistics administration. Vendors can then concentrate more on expedited shipping in this fashion.

Latin America Air Freight Market: Air cargo shipped between Latin America and Europe in 2022, by category

Latin America Air Freight Carriers Industry Overview

The Latin American air freight industry is moderately fragmented in nature. However, the industry is dominated by some of the major players like FedEx, UPS, Emirates, and many more. The growing demand for air freight transportation services has opened new challenges for air cargo service providers. E-commerce also pushes air cargo toward greater visibility and transparency throughout the supply chain, with Brazil being the biggest market. Companies like Azul focus on expanding their presence in the country via collaborations and partnerships with e-retailers like Amazon.

Latin America Air Freight Carriers Market Leaders

  1. FedEx

  2. UPS

  3. Emirates Skycargo

  4. Aeromexico

  5. Cargolux

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Latin America Air Freight Carriers Market News

  • December 2023: DP World is building its end-to-end supply chain ambitions with the launch of its first cargo logistics hub. The 10,00 sqm air cargo facility boasts features including a logistics center with warehouse and manufacturing facilities and a fuel supply terminal, in addition to the existing warehouse.
  • October 2022: Logistics firm FedEx Express, a division of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), has expanded its services in Puerto Rico by opening a 3,980 square foot, cutting-edge temperature-controlled chamber in its Ramp of Operations at the Luis Muoz Marn International Airport. This new facility increases the island's capacity to improve the movement of temperature-sensitive medicinal products.
  • September 2022: UPS announced buying the healthcare logistics firm Bomi Group, with locations throughout Europe and Latin America. In important growth markets, including Italy, Spain, Brazil, and Colombia, Bomi Group is a market leader. The organization has over 35 years of expertise and has created best-in-class service offerings for clients in the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries.

Latin America Air Freight Carriers Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study


    1. 2.1 Analysis Method

    2. 2.2 Research Phases



    1. 4.1 Current Market Scenario

    2. 4.2 Market Overview

    3. 4.3 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.3.1 Drivers

        1. Extension of new air routes and capacity

        2. Constant Need to Transport Temperature-Sensitive Products

      2. 4.3.2 Restraints

        1. Market Uncertainty

      3. 4.3.3 Opportunities

        1. Implementation of Several Software Solutions

    4. 4.4 Value Chain / Supply Chain Analysis

    5. 4.5 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.5.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.5.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.5.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    6. 4.6 Government Regulations and Initiatives

    7. 4.7 Supply Chain/Value Chain Analysis

    8. 4.8 Technology Snapshot and Digital Trends

    9. 4.9 Spotlight on Key Commodities Transported by Air

    10. 4.10 Elaboration on Air Freight Rates

    11. 4.11 Insights into Key Ground Handling Equipment in Airports

    12. 4.12 Review and Commentary on Standards and Regulations on the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods

    13. 4.13 Brief on Cold Chain Logistics in the Air Cargo Sector

    14. 4.14 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market


    1. 5.1 By Services

      1. 5.1.1 Transport

      2. 5.1.2 Forwarding

      3. 5.1.3 Other Services

    2. 5.2 By Destination

      1. 5.2.1 Domestic

      2. 5.2.2 International

    3. 5.3 By Carrier Type

      1. 5.3.1 Belly Cargo

      2. 5.3.2 Freighter

    4. 5.4 By Geography

      1. 5.4.1 Brazil

      2. 5.4.2 Mexico

      3. 5.4.3 Argentina

      4. 5.4.4 Colombia

      5. 5.4.5 Rest of Latin America


    1. 6.1 Market Concentration Overview

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 FedEx (Federal Express)

      2. 6.2.2 United Parcel Service

      3. 6.2.3 Emirates Skycargo

      4. 6.2.4 Aeromexico

      5. 6.2.5 Cargolux

      6. 6.2.6 LATAM Cargo

      7. 6.2.7 Qatar Airways

      8. 6.2.8 Azul Cargo Express

      9. 6.2.9 Kuehne + Nagel

      10. 6.2.10 IAG Cargo

      11. 6.2.11 Avianca Cargo

      12. 6.2.12 DHL

      13. 6.2.13 United Airlines

      14. 6.2.14 American Airlines

      15. 6.2.15 Delta Airlines

      16. 6.2.16 Copa Airlines*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive
    4. 6.3 Other Companies



  9. 9. APPENDIX

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Latin America Air Freight Carriers Industry Segmentation

The airfreight or air cargo market covers the carriage or transportation of goods by air in overseas and local markets. A complete background analysis of the Latin America Air Freight Market, including the assessment of the economy and contribution of sectors in the economy, market overview, market size estimation for key segments, emerging trends in the market segments, market dynamics, geographical trends, and COVID-19 impact, is included in the report.

Latin America's air freight industry is segmented by services (transport, forwarding, and other services), destinations (domestic and international), carrier type (belly cargo and freighter), and geography (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, and the Rest of Latin America). 

The report offers the market size for Latin America's air freight industry in value (USD) for all the above segments.

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Latin America Air Freight Carriers Market Research FAQs

The Latin America Air Freight Industry size is expected to reach USD 1.04 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 4.22% to reach USD 1.28 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Latin America Air Freight Industry size is expected to reach USD 1.04 billion.

FedEx, UPS, Emirates Skycargo, Aeromexico and Cargolux are the major companies operating in the Latin America Air Freight Industry.

In 2023, the Latin America Air Freight Industry size was estimated at USD 1.00 billion. The report covers the Latin America Air Freight Industry historical market size for years: 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Latin America Air Freight Industry size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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Latin America Air Freight Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)