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Allegiant's (ALGT) April Traffic Reflects Coronavirus Woes

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Allegiant Travel Company (ALGT) reported weak traffic numbers for the month of April, primarily due to lackluster air travel demand stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak. Traffic for scheduled service, measured in revenue passenger miles (RPMs), decreased 97% on a year-over-year basis to 35.18 million. Scheduled capacity, calculated in available seat miles (ASMs), also fell 87.2% to 182.5 million in the month.

Since the decline in traffic exceeded capacity reduction, load factor (percentage of seats filled with passengers) plunged 6170 basis points year over year to 19.3%.

The number of departures for scheduled service declined 88.3% on a year-over-year basis. However, average stage length (average distance flown per aircraft departure) climbed 4.4% to 934 miles in the same month. For the total system (including scheduled service and fixed fee contract), number of departures decreased 87.7%, while the average stage length increased 2.6%.

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Allegiant Travel carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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