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Know the facts about what’s happening in the industry.

On average, each flight has been more profitable for regional airlines since 2000 because airlines have been increasing the number of passengers on each plane.

Average Load Factor

The percentage of an airline’s trip capacity that is used by passengers (Average Load Factor or ALF) has been increasing.

And regional Airlines’ total revenue passenger miles (RPM) have been increasing rapidly since 2000. (RPM = One paying passenger flying one mile.)

Revenue Passenger Miles

Since 2002, regional carriers have grown even faster than Low Cost Carriers (LLCs) and average seating capacity has risen.

And since 2001, more passengers are being serviced by fewer employees and more and more of these employees are outsourced rather than directly employed by the airline. As this outsourcing has grown, wages have declined.