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U.S. airline passenger traffic (RPMs) rose 2.7% in Feb. compared to Feb. 1998, ATA reported. With capacity (ASMs) up 1.1%, industry load factor improved one point to 67.2%, the highest Feb. load factor dating back to at least 1970, according to the association.

In the domestic market, airlines continued to trade higher yields for fuller cabins as RPMs rose 3.5% while average yield/RPM declined 2. …

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