Air Transport World

North America report.

U.S. airline passenger traffic (RPMs) rose 2.4% in Jan. compared to the year-ago period, ATA reported. Concerns about overcapacity were not borne out as ASMs rose only .6% and industry load factor climbed 1.1 points to 65.2%. Domestic traffic improved 3.3% against a .4% rise in ASMs and load factor edged up .9 points to 64.3%. International traffic, meanwhile, stayed flat compared to Jan. 1998, but ASMs climbed 1.2 points and load factor dipped .8 points to 67.9%.

The revenue picture was less encouraging, with average yield/RPM falling 3% in Jan. …

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