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Allegiant's (ALGT) Traffic & Load Factor Rise in January

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Allegiant Travel Company (ALGT - Free Report) reported impressive traffic figures for January. Traffic for scheduled service, measured in revenue passenger miles (RPMs), increased 12.6% on a year-over-year basis to 964.77 million. Scheduled capacity, calculated in available seat miles (ASMs), also rose 11.9% to 1.18 billion in the month.

With traffic growth exceeding capacity expansion, load factor (percentage of seats filled with passengers) inched up 50 basis points year over year to 81.8%.

The number of departures for scheduled service climbed 14.6%. However, the average stage length (average distance flown per aircraft departure) dipped 2.3% to 880 miles in the same month. For the total system (including scheduled service and fixed fee contract), number of departures ascended 15.8% while the average stage length slipped 2.3%.

Allegiant’s passenger count for scheduled service augmented 14.7% in January. The same for total system increased 14.9% as well. Additionally, total system ASMs rose 13% year over year in the month. The company's system-wide average fuel cost per gallon was $2.20 in the same period, higher than $2.18 in December.

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