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Europe Traffic Watch - Capacity divide: Network carriers’ shrinking; LCCs growing


Europe’s two largest LCCs, Ryanair and easyJet, remain bullish on the back of a strong set of traffic figures for Sep-08 and Oct-08. However, the majority of the carriers’ smaller rivals and higher-cost competitors are not so optimistic. [586 words]

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  • Oct-08: Ryanair reports highest load factor in intra-European market
  • easyJet and Finnair go against the trend with Oct-08 load factor improvement
  • easyJet and Ryanair continue on passenger growth path...
  • ...while full service rivals report traffic weakness

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  • European carriers' passenger numbers and growth on European routes: Oct-08
  • Selected European airlines' load factors (%) and load factor growth (year-on-year % change): Oct-08
  • Select European airlines' passenger traffic (mill) and passenger growth (year-on-year % change): Oct-08
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