Delta Passenger Traffic Up 4.7% in May
Delta Air Lines announced operational results for May 2104.
The Atlanta-based airline’s total system traffic for the month was 78.9 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a year-over-year increase of 4.7%, up from 75.4 billion in May 2013. Domestic traffic rose 4.6%, up to 47.3 billion RPMs from 45.2 billion last year, while international traffic rose 4.8% to 31.6 billion RPMs, up from 30.2 billion during the same period last year. Additionally, the airline’s total system traffic for the year to date was up 5.8%.
Total capacity for May also increased, up 2.4% to 94 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, from 91.8 billion last year. The airline’s domestic capacity was 55.8 billion ASMs, a year-over-year increase of 1.6% from 54.9 billion in May 2013, while international capacity also increased, up 3.4% year-over-year, to 38.1 billion ASMs from 36.9 billion during May of last year.
The airline reported a system-wide load factor of 84%, a year-over-year increase of 1.9 percentage points from 82.1% last year. Domestic load factor increased by 2.4 percentage points, up to 84.7% from 82.3% last year, while international load factor increased by 1.1 percentage points, up to 82.9% from last year’s 81.8%.
Meanwhile, Delta’s passenger revenue per available seat mile, or Prasm, increased by 7% year-over-year. The carrier said that the increase was driven largely by revenue gains in its transatlantic and domestic routes.
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