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Domestic US capacity contracts sharply again in Mar-2009, but early Easter last year has an impact

9-Apr-2009

Capacity growth among North American carriers fell sharply in Mar-2009 year-on-year, reflecting network cuts made amid the recession-ridden US economy, but also the timing of Easter which fell in March last year. Only Canada’s WestJet and Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air reported capacity growth (ASMs) in the month. [1194 words]

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Subheadings:

  • Allegiant only carrier with notable growth in Mar-2009, as other carriers rein in capacity
  • US LCCs to scale back capacity growth plans in 2009
  • Revenues and yields softening in the US domestic market
  • Mar-2009 load factors back above 80% in North American domestic operations
  • Allegiant reports highest and most improved domestic US load factor again in Mar-2009; Southwest once again the lowest
  • A clearer picture to emerge next month

Graphs and data:

  • North American carriers' domestic passenger capacity growth (% change year-on-year): Mar-2009
  • North American carriers' domestic passenger capacity growth (% change year-on-year): Year-to-date
  • Select American airline traffic (RPMs) and traffic (RPM) growth: Mar-2009
  • North American LCC capacity growth plans for 2009: Apr-2009
  • US airlines' passenger numbers growth (% year-on-year) and yield growth (% year-on-year) on Domestic services: Mar-2008 to Feb-2009
  • US airlines' traffic growth (% year-on-year) and yield growth (% year-on-year) by region: Feb-2009
  • US Airlines traffic growth (% year-on-year) and yield growth (% year-on-year) by region in 2008
  • Selected North American airlines' load factors (%) and load factor growth (year-on-year change): Mar-2009
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