The US Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported that US airlines’ systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service load factor – a measure of the use of airline capacity – fell to 82.6% in November, seasonally adjusted, after remaining virtually unchanged for four consecutive months. Seasonal adjustment allows the comparing of monthly load factors to all other months. The November load factor of 82.6% was the lowest since the July 2012 load factor of 82.5%. US airlines’ load factor reached a seasonally-adjusted all-time high of 84.4% in January 2014 and gradually declined throughout the year. Load factor is

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