Delta Sees Increase in May Traffic, Capacity

By Paul Riegler on 3 June 2015
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Delta aircraft at Washington Reagan

Delta aircraft at Washington Reagan

Delta Air Lines announced financial results for May 2014.

The Atlanta-based carrier’s total system traffic for the month was 18.22 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a year-over-year increase of 2.7%, up from 17.74 billion in May 2014.  Domestic traffic rose 3.6%, up to 10.88 billion RPMs from 10.5 billion last year, while international traffic rose 1.4% to 7.34 billion RPMs, up from 7.24 billion during the same period of 2014.

Total system-wide capacity for the month increased 4% to 21.32 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, from 20.5 billion last year.  The airline’s domestic capacity was 12.51 billion ASMs, a year-over-year increase of 3.9% from 12.05 billion in May 2014, while international capacity also increased, up 4.3% year-over-year, to 8.81 billion ASMs from 8.45 billion during May of last year.

The airline reported a decrease in system-wide load factor, with a drop of 1.1 percentage points, down to 85.4% from 86.5% last May.  Delta’s domestic load factor decreased by 0.2 percentage points, down to 86.9% from 87.1% last year, while international load factor decreased 2.4 percentage points, down to 83.3% from last year’s 85.7%.

The carrier said that its consolidated passenger unit revenue, or Prasm, for the month decreased by 5.5%.  Delta says that approximately half of the decline can be attributed to foreign exchange pressure and lower surcharges in international markets.

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