ANALYSIS: US carrier keep capacity in check in August

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Most North American carriers posted slight increases in passenger traffic in August, as airlines continue to exercise capacity discipline in the domestic market.

Carriers like United Airlines cut capacity slightly, reiterating previous statements that it aims to keep capacity flat or just up modestly for 2013.

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US carriers continue to keep a tight leash on domestic capacity, but international capacity still grew at most airlines, especially on traffic to the Pacific and Latin America.

Notable exceptions to the modest traffic growth reported by North American carriers in August include WestJet, which posted double digit growth in traffic and capacity during the month. The airline’s regional subsidiary Encore began service in late June.