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Frontier traffic falls 22 percent from a year ago

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Frontier Airlines said Wednesday that traffic fell 22 percent from a year ago as it shrunk passenger-carrying capacity at the same rate.

Most of the cuts were in regional service, with smaller reductions at mainline Frontier.

The airline said that passengers flew 783.5 million miles last month, down from 1 billion miles in April 2012.

Frontier's capacity expanded enough for it to take passengers 905.2 million miles, if it sold every seat on every flight.

The average flight was 87 percent full, unchanged from April 2012.

Frontier, a subsidiary of Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc., flies to more than 75 destinations in the U.S., Mexico, Costa Rica and the Caribbean. It operates a hub in Denver, where it competes against United Airlines and Southwest Airlines.

Republic shares fell 2 cents to $11.57 in afternoon trading.