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Dart lifts off, but the future is cloudy

The airline and packaged holiday provider saw sales rise after it substantially increased its airline capacity
Dart lifts off, but the future is cloudy

The collapse of Monarch airlines last year has proved to be good news for Dart (DTG). In fact, the subsequent gap in the market has allowed the group to increase seat capacity by 45 per cent to 11.3m, while load factor rose to 92.2 per cent, compared with 91.5 per cent this time last year. But added capacity in a tough European airline sector makes price increases difficult. Average airline ticket yield fell 15 per cent to £73.65 due to "very competitive pricing" elsewhere, although lower ticket prices were also used to entice travellers into taking new routes from Birmingham and London Stansted airport.

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