Miramar, Florida (December 12, 2012) - Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) today reported its preliminary traffic results for November 2012 and year-to-date 2012.
Traffic (revenue passenger miles) in November 2012 increased 28.1 percent versus November 2011 on a capacity (available seat miles) increase of 30.9 percent. Load factor for November 2012 was 83.9 percent, a decrease of 1.8 points as compared to November 2011. Spirit's preliminary completion factor for November 2012 was 99.2 percent.
The following table summarizes Spirit's traffic results for the month and year-to-date ended November 30, 2012 and 2011.
(1) Excludes unrealized mark-to-market (gains) and losses which are comprised of estimated non-cash adjustments to aircraft fuel expense. The Company may have unrealized mark-to-market (gains) or losses in the fourth quarter 2012, but is not yet able to estimate the amount.
About Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) empowers customers to save money on air travel by offering ultra low base fares with a range of optional services for a fee, allowing customers the freedom to choose only the extras they value. This innovative approach grows the traveling market and stimulates new economic activity while creating new jobs. Spirit's modern fleet, configuration and other innovations enable Spirit to burn less fuel per seat than competitors, making Spirit one of the most environmentally-friendly US carriers. Spirit's all-Airbus fleet currently operates more than 200 daily flights to over 50 destinations within the U.S., Latin America and Caribbean. Visit Spirit at www.spirit.com.
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