United November Load Factor Down, Traffic Up, Cancellations at Record Low

By Jesse Sokolow on 9 December 2016
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DSC_0781 (2)United Airlines announced operational results for November 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 November was 16.19 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, an increase of 1.7% from 15.92 billion RPMs in November 2015.  The carrier’s total capacity for the month was up 1.6% to 19.8 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, from 19.496 billion ASMs last November.

Meanwhile, United’s consolidated load factor increased slightly, up 0.1 percentage points to 81.8% from 81.7% in November 2015.

United had an increase of 0.6% in international traffic, while its international capacity rose by 0.7%.  The airline saw a 4.3% increase in domestic traffic, with a 4.5% rise in domestic capacity.

The carrier said it expects fourth quarter consolidated passenger unit revenue to decline 3% to 4% compared to Q4 2015, citing stronger bookings than expected during the second half of the quarter.

Additionally, United recorded the fewest number of flight cancellations this November than any month in the airline’s history.

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