Alaska Airlines is fastest-growing major US airline in November and December; Allegiant still has fullest planes

Since October, Alaska Airlines has been the fastest-growing US carrier, overtaking Allegiant Air which previously held the title. Just this week David North, passenger and top elite tier member of the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, cut the lei to launch  Alaska Airline’s new service between Bellingham and Honolulu , while last month saw the introduction of  four weekly flights between San Jose, CA, and San Jose del Cabo. 

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.

Source: Airline websites

Source: Airline websites

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.

Source: Airline websites

Source: Airline websites

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