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Americas Traffic Watch - Capacity growth divide in 2008: Network carriers’ shrinking; LCCs growing


Allegiant’s capacity (ASM) growth so far in 2008 has been the strongest among the North American carriers (although off a small base), with 25.6% growth. Meanwhile, AirTran has now become the second fastest growing airline in North America, with 11.0% year-on-year capacity growth, overtaking WestJet (+10.3% year-on-year capacity increase), whose capacity growth was more marked in the first six months of 2008. [564 words]

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  • Load factors high in US domestic operations; lower in Brazil and among Canadian network/regional carriers
  • Allegiant reports highest load factor; Southwest the lowest in Aug-08
  • Southwest load factor falls the most, following three months of notable reductions
  • WestJet fastest growing carrier in Aug-08; Allegiant, GOL and AirTran all continue growth path

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  • North America carriers domestic passenger capacity for the eight months ended 31-Aug-08
  • Selected North and South American airlines' load factors (%) and load factor growth (year-on-year change): Aug-08
  • Select American traffic (RPMs) and traffic (RPM) growth: Aug-08
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