Collective load factors among US major carriers slipped a point in October, as passenger traffic failed to keep pace with extra capacity on domestic routes.
Passenger data from Airlines for Americas shows domestic load factors slipped 1.6 percentage points to 83% as passenger traffic grew 2..4% on 4.3 additional capacity. Load factor was also down nearly three points on trans-Pacific routes.
Load factors though improved on transatlantic routes by nearly a point.
Overall load factors for the US majors over the first 10 months of the year are fractionally higher, up 0.3 percentage points at 83.8%.
Figures from ALTA show passenger traffic growth of 7.3% outpacing the near 6% increase capacity in October, helping lift load factors three points to 78.8%. This outperforms year-to-date load factors for Latin American carriers, which is running one percentage point higher at 77.4% over the first 10 month of the year. Growth was particularly strong in October on intra-Latin American, up nearly 10% and load factors 3.6 percentage points higher.
European major carrier load factors were nearly a point higher in October at 80.4%, in line with the year to date levels Association of European Airlines data shows. Load factors improved on both domestic and intra-European routes, though load factors dipped half a point on North Atlantic routes.
Data from the Arab Air Carriers Organisation for October shows load factors down 2.6 percentage points to 64.5% as passenger traffic fell short of the additional capacity added.
In Asia October traffic data showed freight traffic up 2%. Figures from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines shows passenger traffic continued to outpace additional capacity in October as load factors grew nearly a point.
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