Major U.S. airlines with global reach
aren't letting up on their strategy to shift more of their service
to international flights, where they have been better able to raise
ticket prices and make money in markets with little or no low-cost
The airlines have
been at it for about two years, and in the first half of 2005,
domestic capacity remained flat for the U.S. airline industry, Air
Transport Association figures show. That's despite 11.9% growth at
domestic-only Southwest and 24.1% at predominantly domestic
JetBlue, both of which are included in the ATA numbers.
For all of last
year, U.S. airlines increased their domestic capacity by 5.3% and
their international capacity by 11.7%, the ATA reported.
That paid off, with
a 15.5% increase in international traffic.