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North America report.(Brief Article)

North America report U.S. airlines ended 1998 on a disturbing note, as capacity growth (ASMs) outran traffic growth (RPMs) for the first time since March, ATA reported. Domestic RPMs rose 1.9% against a 2.9% rise in capacity and load factor declined .7 points to 67.8%. On the international front, RPMs increased only .6% against a 1.9% rise in capacity and toad factor fell .9 points to 67.6%. Total RPMs were up 1.5% against a 2.7% rise in ASMs and system load factor declined .8 points to 67.5%.

For the year, total passenger traffic rose only 2.1%, the smallest annual increase since 1993. To a degree, this reflected the impact of the 2-week pilot strike at Northwest last fall, but the results are in line with recent trends (see table below). …

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