United Reports Drop in Traffic, Capacity for April
United Airlines announced operational results for April 2016. The carrier’s consolidated traffic, capacity, and load factor were all down year-over-year for the month.
Total traffic for the Chicago-based airline during the month of April was 16.361 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, a decrease of 1.9% from 16.685 billion RPMs in April 2015. The carrier’s total capacity for the month was down 0.9%, to 20.327 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, from 20.505 billion ASMs last April.
Meanwhile, United’s consolidated load factor decreased slightly, down 0.9 percentage points to 80.5% from 81.4% in April 2015.
In terms of international traffic, United saw a decrease of 3%, while its international capacity dropped by 2.3%. The carrier saw a 0.6% increase in domestic traffic, with a 2.6% increase in capacity.
Mainline RPMs dropped 1.2% with no change in mainline ASMs, while regional RPMs dropped 7.1% with a 7.4% decrease in regional ASMs.
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