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Americas Traffic Watch - Capacity growth turns deeply negative in Dec-08

14-Jan-2009

Capacity growth among North American carriers fell considerably in Dec-08 year-on-year, reflecting the rapidly slowing US economy, with only Canada’s WestJet reporting capacity growth (ASMs) in the month. [721 words]

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Subheadings:

  • 2008 capacity divide between LCCs and network carriers
  • Dec-08 load factors back above 80% in North American domestic operations
  • Allegiant reports highest and most improved domestic US load factor again in Dec-08; Southwest once again the lowest
  • WestJet fastest growing carrier in Dec-08; other carriers reign in growth
  • Transitioning to new capacity levels

Graphs and data:

  • Year-on-year North American carrier's domestic passenger capacity growth (% change year-on-year): Dec-08
  • North American LCC capacity growth plans for 2009: Jan-09
  • Year-on-year North American carrier's domestic passenger capacity growth (% change year-on-year): 2008
  • Selected North American airlines' load factors (%) and load factor growth (year-on-year change): Nov-08
  • Select American traffic (RPMs) and traffic (RPM) growth: Dec-08
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