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Americas Traffic Watch - Capacity growth stalls in Nov-08


Capacity growth among North American carriers slowed considerably in Nov-08, reflecting the rapidly slowing US economy, with only Canada’s WestJet reporting notable capacity growth (ASMs) in the month. Air Canada and Southwest also reportedly capacity growth in the 0-3% range. [999 words]

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  • Year-to-date capacity divide between LCCs and network carriers
  • Nov-08 load factors fall below 80% in North American domestic operations, as breakeven load factors increase
  • Allegiant reports highest and most improved domestic US load factor; Southwest the lowest again in Nov-08
  • WestJet fastest growing carrier in Nov-08; other carriers reign in growth
  • Transitioning to new capacity levels. But....

Graphs and data:

  • North American carrier's domestic passenger capacity growth (% change year-on-year): Nov-08
  • North American LCC capacity growth plans for 4Q08 and 2009: Dec-08
  • North America carriers' ASM bubble for the 11 months ended 30-Nov-08
  • Selected North American airlines' load factors (%) and load factor growth (year-on-year change): Nov-08
  • Select American traffic (RPMs) and traffic (RPM) growth: Nov-08
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