Delta Reports Rise in Traffic for November

By Paul Riegler on 2 December 2014
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Delta aircraft in Seattle

Delta aircraft in Seattle

Delta Air Lines announced operational results for November 2014.

The Atlanta-based carrier’s total system traffic for the month was 14.86 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a year-over-year increase of 5%, up from 14.14 billion in November 2013.  Domestic traffic rose 7.4%, up to 9.28 billion RPMs from 8.63 billion last year, while international traffic rose 1.2% to 5.58 billion RPMs, up from 5.51 billion during the same period of 2013.

Total system-wide capacity for the month also increased, up 3.6% to 18.44 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, from 17.81 billion last year.  The airline’s domestic capacity was 11.3 billion ASMs, a year-over-year increase of 3% from 10.97 billion in November 2013, while international capacity also increased, up 4.5% year-over-year, to 7.14 billion ASMs from 6.84 billion during November of last year.

The airline reported a system-wide load factor of 80.6%, a year-over-year increase of 1.2 percentage points from 79.4% last year.  Domestic load factor increased by 3.4 percentage points, up to 82.1% from 78.7% last year, while international load factor decreased 2.5 percentage points, down to 78.1% from last year’s 80.6%.

Meanwhile, Delta’s passenger revenue per available seat mile, or Prasm, increased by 4.5% year-over-year.  The carrier said that the rise can be attributed to the Thanksgiving holiday travel period, which this year fell entirely in the month of November.

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