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Allegiant Air Traffic Jumped 16.4 Percent in March

Published Apr 6, 2010 on Pilot Jobs

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Allegiant Air, which is expanding its schedule of flights from secondary airports to vacation destinations, said Monday that traffic soared 16.4 percent in March.


The airline said paying passengers flew 545.6 million miles last month, up from 468.6 million miles in March 2009.

The rapid gain in traffic barely outstripped an increase in capacity, which rose 15.7 percent, to 587.4 million available seat miles, a measure of one seat flying one mile. Airlines boost capacity by adding flights or using larger planes.

Average occupancy, or load factor, rose to 92.9 percent from 92.3 percent a year ago.

Allegiant joined discount carrier AirTran and traditional carrier Continental in reporting strong gains in March traffic, adding to evidence that travel demand is recovering after the recession.

For the first quarter, Allegiant said traffic rose 18.6 percent, capacity increased 17.4 percent, and occupancy rose to 91.7 percent from 90.8 percent.

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