December data from the leading US carriers shows that all of them reported traffic (measured by system RPMs – Revenue Passenger Miles) growth in December, though for six of the eight airlines who have already reported for last month the year-on-year growth was lower than it was in November. Note: jetBlue, Frontier and Hawaiian have yet to report, while Continental’s figures are now absorbed into United.
Since October, Alaska Airlines has taken over from Allegiant Air as the fastest-growing carrier.
Load factors rise in December for many carriers
For seven of the nine carriers reporting December data, load factors were up compared with November. For six of the nine carriers, load factors in December 2010 were up on what they achieved in December 2009, with Allegiant (down 3.7 points), Delta (down 1.1 points) and United (down just 0.2 points) flying slightly emptier aircraft. Despite this drop, Allegiant still had the highest load factor for the month.
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