United Load Factor Down in March
United Airlines announced operational results for March 2014. The Chicago-based carrier reported a year-over-year increase in system traffic of 0.7%, and capacity of 2.7%, while its load factor decreased by 1.6 percentage points.
The airline’s total system traffic for the month was 17.46 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, up from 17.34 billion RPMs in March 2013. Consolidated capacity for March, expressed in available seat miles or ASMs, was 21.10 billion, an increase from the airline’s 20.54 billion ASMs in March 2013.
The airline reported a consolidated load factor of 82.8%, a 1.6 percentage point decrease from 84.4% in March 2013.
United saw an almost 5% gain in its Latin American operations in March, with revenue passenger miles increasing to 1.82 billion from 1.73 billion, but that was offset by decreases in Atlantic and Pacific operations and an overall decline in international RPMs of 0.4%, dropping from 7.33 billion to 7.30 billion.
United’s domestic operations saw a 0.8% increase in revenue passenger miles, going from 7.76 billion to 7.82 billion, and regional operations were up by 4.2% while mainline operations only showed a 0.2% increase.
A particular bright spot for United was a dramatic increase in cargo revenue ton miles, which increased 7.8% in March.
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