Delta Sees Rise in May Traffic
The Atlanta-based carrier’s total system traffic for the month was 18.82 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a year-over-year increase of 3.3% from 18.22 billion in May 2015. Domestic traffic rose 5.3% to 11.46 billion RPMs from 10.88 billion last year, while international traffic increased to 7.36 billion RPMs, a 0.2% rise from 7.34 billion RPMs last May.
Total system-wide capacity for the month increased 3.5% to 22.07 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, from 21.33 billion last year. The airline’s domestic capacity was 13.21 billion ASMs, a year-over-year rise of 5.5% from 12.51 billion in May 2015, while international capacity increased 0.6% year-over-year to 8.87 billion ASMs from 8.81 billion during May of last year.
The carrier reported a decrease in the system-wide load factor, with a drop of 0.1 percentage points to 85.3% from 85.4% last May. Delta’s domestic load factor also decreased 0.1 percentage points to 86.8% from 86.9%, while its international load factor decreased by 0.3 percentage points to 83.1% from last year’s 83.4%.
The carrier said that its consolidated passenger unit revenue, or Prasm, for the month decreased by 5%, reflecting “persistent close-in domestic yield weakness and continued pressures from foreign exchange.”
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