Delta Sees Traffic Increase for March
The Atlanta-based carrier’s total system traffic for the month was 17.76 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a year-over-year increase of 1.2%, up from 17.54 billion in March 2015. Domestic traffic rose 3.7% to 11.31 billion RPMs from 10.9 billion last year, while international traffic fell to 6.45 billion RPMs, a 2.9% decrease from 6.64 billion RPMs last March.
Total system-wide capacity for the month increased 1.5% to 20.94 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, from 20.63 billion last year. The airline’s domestic capacity was 13.17 billion ASMs, a year-over-year increase of 5.1% from 12.13 billion in March 2015, while international capacity decreased 4.1% year-over-year, down to 7.78 billion ASMs from 8.1 billion during March of last year.
The carrier reported a decrease in the system-wide load factor, with a drop of 0.2 percentage points, down to 84.8% from 85% last March. Delta’s domestic load factor also decreased 1.2 percentage points to 85.8% from 87%, while its international load factor increased by 1 percentage point, up to 83% from last year’s 82%.
The carrier said that its consolidated passenger unit revenue, or Prasm, for the month decreased by 5.5%, reflecting “1.5 points of pressure from foreign exchange.”
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