United Traffic, Capacity Up in June While Load Factor Declines

By Jesse Sokolow on 9 July 2015
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DSC_0295United Airlines announced operational results for June 2015.  Both the carrier’s consolidated traffic and consolidated capacity for the month were up year-over-year, while its load factor decreased.

Total traffic for the Chicago-based airline during the month of June was 19.36 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, an increase of 1.3% from 19.119 billion RPMs in June 2014.  The carrier’s total capacity for the month was up 2.2%, to 22.438 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, from 21.96 ASMs last June.

United’s consolidated load factor decreased slightly, down 0.8 percentage points to 86.3% from 87.1% in June 2014.

In terms of international traffic, United saw a rise of 1.4%, while its international capacity increased by 2.6%.  Meanwhile, the carrier saw a 3.8% increase in domestic revenue passenger miles, with a 4.7% increase in domestic available seat miles.

Mainline RPMs increased 2.6% with an increase of 3.6% in mainline ASMs, while regional RPMs decreased 8% with am 8% decrease in regional ASMs as well.

The Chicago-based airline also said that its pre-tax profit margin for the second quarter will be in the lower range of earlier guidance, citing the strong U.S. dollar, which has hurt demand from travelers abroad, as the primary reason.

United briefly halted all takeoffs in the United States on June 2 because of a technical problem with its flight-dispatching system. The issue affected approximately 150 flights.  A more significant technology problem grounded all of the airline’s flights on Wednesday for over an hour.

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