Air Transport World

For the third.

For the third consecutive month, US airline capacity (ASMs) outgrew traffic (RPMs) with a resulting decline in seat load factor, ATA reported. May RPMs rose only 1.3% compared' to the year-ago period, against a 3.6% increase in capacity, and load factor dropped 1.6 points to 71.1%. In June, ASMs rose 4.6% as RPMs climbed 3.7%" and load factor dipped 0.7 points to 75.8%.

The culprit is the slow-growing domestic market: May domestic RPMs were up 1.9% compared to the year-ago period against a 5.2% increase in ASMs, while in June domestic RPMs climbed 3.5% on a 5.7% rise in seat-miles. Load factor dropped 2.3 points to 69.8% in May and 1.6 points to 74.6% in June. International RPMs, meanwhile, rebounded in June; after dipping 0. …

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