Air Transport World

Another growth year forecasted for commuter-regionals in 1984.

Elated over the substantial increase in passenger traffic for the past 12 months, commuter regional operators see 1984 as another banner growth year.

Latest estimates by the Regional Airline Association and other data keepers place 1983 passenger traffic over 21 million boardings by the 250-plus registered commuter/regional carriers in the U.S.

Equally significant gains are expected in revenue passenger-miles,load factors and air freight traffic.

A nine-month tally of revenue passenger-miles shows an overall gain in excess of 25%. No estimates on availble seat-miles were available at presstime, although spotchecks showed marked gains.

ATW interviews with many of the sixty operators attending the November meeting of RAA at Nassau in the Bahamas, disclosed surprice with last yer's traffic flow and high optimism for 1984.

In January-September 1983 traffic summary compiled from reports of 67 commuter/regionl airlines sent to ATW, passengers carried exceeded 11.5 million compared with 9.4 million for the same period in 1982.

If the traffic for several large regional carriers not reporting data is added to the above--an estimated 3 million plus passengers--the traffic total would exceed 14 million. …

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