Delta Traffic Up for March
Delta Air Lines announced operating results for March 2014. The Atlanta-based airline said that its total traffic for the month increased by 3.9% year-over-year, while its total capacity increased by 3.2%.
System traffic on the domestic side of operations increased to 10.5 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a 4.1% year-over-year increase. In international markets, system traffic was up by 3.6% to 6.5 billion RPMs from 6.3 billion in March 2013.
The airline’s capacity, measured in available seat miles or ASMs, increased by 2.3% domestically, up to 12.1 billion from last year’s 11.9 billion. Internationally, the carrier reported 7.8 billion ASMs, an increase of 4.6% from last year’s 7.5 billion.
Delta reported that its system-wide load factor was up 0.6 percentage points year-over-year to 85.3%. The airline said that its domestic load factor increased by 1.5 percentage points to 86.4%. However, the airline saw a decrease in international load factor, with a 0.8 percentage point drop to 83.6%.
The airline also reported an increase of 1% for passenger revenue per available seat mile, or Prasm, a key measure of an airline’s performance, for March compared to the same period in 2013.
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