United Sees Drop in Load Factor for October

By Jesse Sokolow on 9 November 2016
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DSC_0825United Airlines announced operational results for October 2016. The carrier’s consolidated traffic and capacity were up year-over-year, while its load factor decreased for the month.

Total traffic for the Chicago-based airline during the month of October was 17.753 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, an increase of 0.6% from 17.646 billion RPMs in October 2015.  The carrier’s total capacity for the month was up 1.8%, to 21.536 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, from 21.153 billion ASMs last October.

Meanwhile, United’s consolidated load factor decreased slightly, down 1 percentage point to 82.4% from 83.4% in October 2015.

United had an increase of 0.7% in international traffic, while its international capacity rose by 1.9%.  The airline saw a 2.3% increase in domestic traffic, with a 3.9% rise in domestic capacity.

The nation’s fourth largest carrier said it expects fourth quarter consolidated passenger unit revenue to decline 4% to 6% compared to Q4 2015, citing yield weakness and the timing of holidays.

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