Alaska’s Load Factor Down in August
Alaska Air Group announced operational results for August 2014 for Alaska Airlines as well as for Horizon Air. Passenger load factor for the month decreased for both carriers, while traffic and capacity increased.
System-wide load factor for August was 87.3%, a decrease of 0.5 percentage points from 87.8% in August 2013. Load factor for Alaska Airlines decreased by 0.4 percentage points, down to 87.6% from 88% last year, while Horizon Air’s load factor dropped 3.3 percentage points to 82.3% from 85.6% last year.
System traffic for the month was 2.893 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, an increase of 6.8% from 2.709 billion RPMs in August 2013. Traffic for Alaska Airlines increased by 6.2% to 2.613 billion RPMs from 2.461 billion RPMs last year, while traffic for Horizon Air increased 3.5% to 209 million from 202 million last year.
System-wide capacity for August was 3.315 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, a year-over-year increase of 7.5% from 3.084 billion in the same period last year. Capacity for Alaska Airlines increased by 6.6% to 2.982 billion ASMs from 2.797 ASMs last year, while capacity for Horizon Air increased 7.6%, up to 254 million ASMs from 236 million last year.
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