Spirit Airlines July traffic up 16.7%

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Fort Lauderdale-based Spirit Airlines has posted a 16.7% increase in traffic in July compared to a year earlier.

The carrier's capacity grew 18.8%, resulting in a 1.6 percentage point decline in its load factor to 88.4%.

Passenger traffic rose 16.8% and capacity grew 17.4% year-to-date compared with the first seven months of 2011.

The load factor fell 0.4 percentage point to 85.4% during the period, says Spirit.