Delta Reports Traffic and Capacity Up in April
Delta Air Lines announced operating results for April 2014. The Atlanta-based airline said that its total traffic for the month increased by 6.6% year-over-year, while its total capacity increased by 3%.
System traffic on the domestic side of operations increased to 10.1 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a 7.1% increase from 9.4 billion in April 2013. In international markets, system traffic was up by 5.8% to 6.5 billion RPMs from 6.1 billion last year.
The airline’s capacity, measured in available seat miles or ASMs, increased by 3.1% domestically, up to 11.8 billion from last year’s 11.4 billion. Internationally, the carrier reported 7.8 billion ASMs, an increase of 2.8% from last year’s 7.6 billion.
Delta reported that its system-wide load factor was up 2.9 percentage points year-over-year to 84.7%. The airline said that its domestic load factor increased by 3.2 percentage points to 86%. The airline also saw an increase of 2.3 percentage points in international load factor, to 82.7%.
The airline also reported a year-over-year increase of 6% for passenger revenue per available seat mile, or Prasm, a key measure of an airline’s performance. The airline said it believes the rise in Prasm is due to the Easter holidays falling in April this year instead of in March, as they did last year.
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