Delta Prasm Falls Almost 7% in August
The Atlanta-based carrier carrier’s total system traffic for the month was 20.82 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a year-over-year increase of 3.9%, up from 20.3 billion in August 2014. Domestic traffic rose 5.1%, up to 12.02 billion RPMs from 11.43 billion last year, while international traffic rose 2.3% to 8.8 billion RPMs, up from 8.6 billion during the same period of 2014.
Total system-wide capacity for the month increased 4.2% to 23.83 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, from 22.86 billion last year. The airline’s domestic capacity was 13.82 billion ASMs, a year-over-year increase of 5.4% from 13.12 billion in August 2014, while international capacity also increased, up 2.6% year-over-year, to 10.01 billion ASMs from 9.76 billion during August of last year.
The airline reported a decrease in system-wide load factor, with a drop of 0.3 percentage points, down to 87.3% from 87.6 last August. Delta’s domestic load factor also declined, down 0.2 percentage points to 87% from 87.2%, while its international load factor decreased by 0.3 percentage points, down to 87.9% from last year’s 88.2%.
The carrier said that its consolidated passenger unit revenue, or Prasm, for the month decreased by 6.5%. Delta attributed the decline to foreign exchange pressure and lower surcharges in international markets, as well as the timing of Labor Day holiday travel.
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