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TABLE - U.S. airlines December traffic data

 CHICAGO, Jan 8 (Reuters) - The following table lists December
mainline operational data for the nine largest U.S. airlines by
passenger traffic, compared with the same month a year earlier:
          ----Traffic----    ---Capacity---    --Load factor--
           RPMs   pct chg     ASMs  pct chg     pct   Change
Delta*       14.69      -7.5    18.08     -8.0    81.2   +0.4 pts
American     10.16      -1.6    12.60     -3.3    80.6   +1.4 pts
United        8.05      -2.1     9.69     -5.8    83.0   +3.1 pts
Continental   6.74      +6.3     8.07     +2.3    83.5   +3.1 pts
Southwest     5.97      +3.0     7.83     -5.8    76.2   +6.5 pts
US Airways    4.49      -3.6     5.66     -2.4    79.3   -1.0 pts
JetBlue       2.28      +7.5     2.85     +6.6    80.0   +0.6 pts
Alaska**      1.61      +8.7     1.93     +5.0    83.6   +2.9 pts
AirTran       1.53      +5.3     1.98     +8.2    77.7   -2.1 pts
 NOTES: Traffic is measured in billions of revenue passenger
miles, the distance traveled by paying passengers.
 Capacity is measured in billions of available seat miles,
reflecting the number of seats available for sale and the length of
the flights.
 Load factor is the percentage of seats occupied by paying
passengers; change is in percentage points.
 *Figures for Delta include data for regional affiliates.
 **Alaska Airlines does not include unit Horizon Air.
 All data are from the airlines.

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