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Domestic US capacity contracts sharply in Feb-09, as economic conditions deteriorate


Capacity growth among North American carriers fell sharply in Feb-09 year-on-year, reflecting the recession-ridden US economy, with only Canada’s WestJet and Las Vegas based Allegiant Air reporting capacity growth (ASMs) in the month. [1098 words]

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  • WestJet and Allegiant only carriers growing in Feb-09, as other carriers rein in growth
  • Select American airline traffic (RPMs) and traffic (RPM) growth: Feb-2009
  • US LCCs to scale back capacity growth plans in 2009
  • Revenues and yields softening in the US domestic market
  • Feb-09 load factors fall below 80% in North American domestic operations
  • Allegiant reports highest and most improved domestic US load factor again in Feb-09; Southwest once again the lowest
  • Transitioning to new capacity levels

Graphs and data:

  • Year-on-year North American carrier's domestic passenger capacity growth (% change year-on-year): Jan-09
  • North American LCC capacity growth plans for 2009: Mar-2009
  • US Airlines passenger numbers growth (% year-on-year) and yield growth (% year-on-year) on Domestic services: Jan-08 to Dec-08
  • 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): Feb-2009
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