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AirTran continuing to grow capacity ahead of demand


AirTran has completed its fourth consecutive month (May-2009 to Aug-2009) of weaker year-on-year load factors, while a major rejig of its East coast operations is underway. The LCC reported a 4.5% fall in passenger traffic, to 2.3 million passengers in Aug-2009, while traffic (RPMs) outgrew capacity (ASMs) cuts, down 6.1% and 3.4%, respectively, leading to a 2.4 ppts drop in load factor for the month, to 84.9%. [926 words]

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  • Forecasts profits for 3Q2009
  • Exiting Newark after ten years
  • Expands to leisure destinations for Winter 2009-10
  • Relocates to Concourse B at Charleston International Airport
  • Awards overnight and deep clean aircraft cleaning contract

Graphs and data:

  • AirTran passenger numbers growth (% change year-on-year) and passenger load factors (%): Mar-08 to Feb-09
  • AirTran Airways quarterly operating margins: 2006-2009
  • AirTran Airways quarterly PRASM: 2006-2009
  • AirTran Airways route map: Sep-2009
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