The era of double-digit growth and profit margins probably are over for US regional airlines. But opportunities still exist for those who can find them.
After a challenging 2009 during which US regional airline traffic and capacity declined for perhaps the first time in history, RPM and ASM growth resumed in 2010, according to FAA data. But it would be an exaggeration to say that the sector enjoyed the robust financial rebound experienced by the major passenger carriers last year. Profit margins are shrinking and opportunities for growth are constrained by a number of factors including high fuel prices, the fragile economic recovery and ...
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