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US capacity growth divide in 2008: Network carriers’ shrinking; LCCs growing


Allegiant’s capacity (ASM) growth so far in 2008 (nine months to Sep-08) has been the strongest among increase. Meanwhile, WestJet has once again become the second fastest growing airline in North America, with a 19.8% year-on-year capacity expansion, overtaking AirTran (8.8% year-on-year capacity increase). [608 words]

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  • Load factors remain above 75% in US domestic operations; lower in Brazil and Canada
  • Allegiant reports highest domestic US load factor; Southwest the lowest in Aug-08
  • Allegiant load factors on the rise; Southwest and GOL load factors drop the most
  • WestJet fastest growing carrier in Aug-08; other carriers reign in growth

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  • North American carrier's domestic passenger capacity growth (% change year-on-year): Nine months ended 30-Sep-08
  • Selected North and South American airlines' load factors (%) and load factor growth (year-on-year change): Sep-08
  • Select American traffic (RPMs) and traffic (RPM) growth: Sep-08
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