Spirit Airlines September traffic up 29.7%

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Fort Lauderdale-based Spirit Airlines has posted a 29.7% increase in traffic in September compared to a year earlier.

The carrier's capacity grew 30.2%, resulting in a 0.3 percentage points decline in its load factor to 82.2%.

Passenger traffic rose 18.3% and capacity grew 19% year-to-date compared with the first nine months of 2011.

The load factor fell 0.5 percentage points to 85.2% during the period, says Spirit.