United Sees Decrease in Traffic and Capacity for March
United Airlines announced operational results for March 2015. Both the carrier’s consolidated traffic and consolidated capacity for the month were down slightly year-over-year, while its load factor also decreased marginally.
Total traffic for the Chicago-based airline during the month of March was 17.349 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, a decrease of 0.7% from 17.465 billion RPMs in March 2014. The carrier’s total capacity for the month was down 0.6%, to 20.967 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, from 21.1 ASMs last March.
United’s consolidated load factor also decreased slightly, down 0.1 percentage points to 82.7% from 82.8% in March 2014.
United’s international traffic, however, was up 2.6%, while its international capacity also rose, by 1.1%. Meanwhile, the carrier saw a 1.1% decrease in domestic revenue passenger miles, with a 0.1% decrease in domestic available seat miles.
Mainline RPMs increased 0.7% with an increase of 0.5% rise in mainline ASMs, while regional RPMs decreased 9.3% with a 8% decrease in regional ASMs.
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