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Americas Traffic Watch - Capacity growth divide continues: the strong get stronger


Capacity growth among North American carriers slowed noticeably in Oct-08, with only WestJet and Southwest reporting growth during the month, reflecting the rapidly slowing US economy. [958 words]

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  • Oct-08 Load factors remain above 80% in US domestic operations
  • Allegiant reports highest domestic US load factor; Southwest the lowest in Oct-08
  • Allegiant load factors on the rise; GOL load factors drop the most
  • WestJet fastest growing carrier in Oct-08; other carriers reign in growth

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  • North American carrier's domestic passenger capacity growth (% change year-on-year): Oct-08
  • North/South American LCC capacity growth plans for 4Q08 and 2009: as at Nov-08
  • Selected North and South American airlines' load factors (%) and load factor growth (year-on-year change): Oct-08
  • Select American traffic (RPMs) and traffic (RPM) growth: Oct-08
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