Avianca Group outperforms its projections in Q2 2023

An Avianca jet on the tarmac.
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Len Varley - Assistant Editor 5 Min Read
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Avianca Group International Limited has reported impressive second quarter results for the year 2023. The airline group reported $271.3 million in pre-tax earnings, outperforming its Business Plan projections by $88.7 million.

Avianca Q2 2023: Surpassing projections

AGIL’s second-quarter EBITDAR (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, Amortization, and Rent) reached an impressive $271.3 million, surpassing Business Plan projections by a substantial $88.7 million.

The quarter’s standout performance was further amplified by a remarkable 27.4% increase in passenger revenue per available seat kilometer, reaching $6.5 cents.

This growth showcases the Group’s strategic acumen and operational finesse in what is presently a challenging economic landscape.

Efficient Cost Management

One of the key factors contributing to Avianca’s success is its commitment to optimizing operational efficiency.

The completion of the narrowbody densification program ahead of schedule has enhanced cost efficiency, enabled greater capacity allocation, and contributed to reducing the per-passenger carbon footprint.


AGIL’s dedication to regional connectivity was highlighted through the launch of eight new routes, expanding its offerings to a staggering 144 routes in 71 destinations.

The achievement of being recognized as the world’s most punctual airline for May and June by aviation data analytics firm Cirium further underscores Avianca’s commitment to customer experience and reliability.

An Avianca Airlines Airbus A320 parked at the gate.
Photo Credit: Avianca Airlines

Solid Growth Metrics

In the second quarter of 2023, AGIL witnessed a remarkable 22.1% year-on-year increase in consolidated capacity, measured in Available Seat Kilometers (ASK), reaching 13,270.8 million.

The Group transported 7.7 million passengers during this period, reflecting a 17.7% year-on-year increase.

The commitment to supporting Colombia’s domestic connectivity by transporting 221,700 Viva and Ultra customers, of which 190,800 were transported free of charge, showcases Avianca’s dedication to the nation’s development.

Financial Resilience and Strategic Planning

Despite the ongoing challenges within the aviation sector, Avianca Group’s total operating revenue for the second quarter of 2023 reached an impressive $1,114.7 million, marking an 8.9% year-on-year increase.

The Group’s astute cost optimization strategy led to a remarkable 11.0% year-on-year decrease in operating expenses, resulting in EBITDAR of $271.3 million and a robust EBITDAR margin of 24.3%.

AGIL’s resilience was further evident as it generated $84.8 million in cash during the quarter, increasing its total liquidity to $1,013.2 million by June 30, 2023.

Diverse Revenue Streams

Avianca’s prowess is not limited to passenger revenue alone. The quarter saw diverse revenue streams, including passenger revenues of $862.8 million, reflecting a 19.5% year-on-year increase, driven by strong market demand.

Cargo and Loyalty revenues reached $251.9 million, with LifeMiles Cash EBITDA registering an 11.7% year-on-year increase. Despite the challenging environment, AGIL’s cargo revenues exceeded Business Plan projections, showcasing its adaptability and strategic agility.

Avianca’s unwavering commitment to sustainability shines through its “HOY” sustainability platform, launched during the second quarter of 2023. This initiative emphasizes environmental mitigation, regional connectivity, and community engagement.

The recognition bestowed upon Avianca by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) underscores the Group’s efforts to combat climate change, with a notable “B” rating among Latin America’s top airlines.

About Avianca Group

AVIANCA includes Avianca, LifeMiles and Avianca Cargo. In passenger transportation, Avianca, with more than 103 years of continuous operation since 1919, is the leading airline in Colombia, Ecuador, Central America.

It is one of the largest air operations in Latin America with 144 routes, 4,200 weekly flights and a fleet of 128 Airbus 320 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, connecting to around 71 destinations in 24 countries in the Americas and Europe.

In 2022, Avianca carried 24.6 million passengers with the operation of more than 187,000 flights. Its loyalty program, LifeMiles, is one of the largest in Latin America with more than 12.4 million members and 500 allied brands.

In cargo transportation, Avianca Cargo is a leader in the region and is the main operator in different markets in the Americas. It serves more than 50 destinations with a fleet of Airbus 330 freighters, in addition to operating bellies in passenger aircraft.

In 2022, Avianca Cargo transported more than 450,000 tons of cargo. Avianca today has a team of more than 12,000 people committed to providing safe, convenient, affordable and friendly service to its customers.

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