Spirit Airlines August traffic up 18.9%

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Fort Lauderdale-based Spirit Airlines has posted an 18.9% increase in traffic in August compared to a year earlier.

The carrier's capacity grew 20.5%, resulting in a 1.2 percentage point decline in its load factor to 86.5%.

Passenger traffic rose 17.1% and capacity grew 17.8% year-to-date compared with the first eight months of 2011.

The load factor fell 0.5 percentage points to 85.5% during the period, says Spirit.