United Sees Decrease in August Load Factor
The airline’s CEO as well as two top executives were forced out earlier this week as a result of a federal investigation into the airline’s dealings with the former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the agency that operates New York-area airports.
Total traffic for the Chicago-based airline during the month of August was 19.832 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, an increase of 1.5% from 19.54 billion RPMs in August 2014. The carrier’s total capacity for the month was up 2.3%, to 22.901 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, from 22.38 ASMs last August.
Meanwhile, United’s consolidated load factor decreased slightly, down 0.7 percentage points to 86.6% from 87.3% in August 2014.
In terms of international traffic, United saw a rise of 3.5%, while its international capacity increased by 4.5%. The carrier also saw a 2.7% increase in domestic revenue passenger miles, with a 3.3% increase in domestic available seat miles.
Mainline RPMs increased 3.1% with an increase of 4% in mainline ASMs, while regional RPMs decreased 9.6% with an 8.6% decrease in regional ASMs.
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