Alaska Airlines Reports January Traffic Up, Load Factor Down

By Jesse Sokolow on 5 February 2014
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An Alaska Airlines jet in Seattle

An Alaska Airlines jet in Seattle

Alaska Air Group announced operational results for January for Alaska Airlines as well as for Horizon Air.

Alaska Airlines reported 2.515 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, for January, a 3.3% increase over last year’s 2.435 billion.  Horizon Air reported 228 million ASMs, up 3.6% from last year’s 220 million.  Together, the two airlines had 2.807 billion ASMs, a 3.9% increase.

Alaska Airlines’ system traffic, expressed in revenue passenger miles or RPMs, increased by 3.1% year over year, up to 2.094 billion from 2.031 billion.  Horizon Air saw an increase of 2.4%, up from 166 million to 170 million RPMs.  Combined, the two airlines saw 2.313 billion, up 3.4% year over year from 2.236 billion.

While these numbers were up, Alaska’s load factor decreased 0.1 point, down to 83.3% from 83.4% year over year.  Horizon Air also experienced a decrease year over year, down 1 point from 75.6% to 74.6%.  Together, the airlines saw a 0.3 point decrease, down to 82.4% from last year’s 82.7%.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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