Delta Sees Traffic Increase in December, Smaller Drop in Key Revenue Measure

By Jesse Sokolow on 4 January 2017
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DSC_0723Delta Air Lines announced operational results for December 2016.

The Atlanta-based airline said it expected a smaller decline in Q4 passenger unit revenue, a closely watched metric, than it had previously forecast, citing strong demand for the period.

The carrier expects passenger unit revenue, which compares sales to flight capacity, to drop 2.5% to 3% for the quarter. It had previously forecast a 3% decline.

The airline’s total system traffic for the month was 16.8 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a year-over-year increase of 2.6% from 16.4 billion in December 2015.  Domestic traffic rose 4.3% to 10.64 billion RPMs from 10.2 billion last year, while international traffic dropped to 6.16 billion RPMs, a 0.3% decrease from 6.18 billion RPMs last December.

Total system-wide capacity for the month increased by 1.5% to 19.7 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, from 19.4 billion last year.  The airline’s domestic capacity was 12.39 billion ASMs, a year-over-year rise of 3.4% from 11.9 billion in December 2015, while international capacity decreased 1.5% year-over-year to 7.312 billion ASMs from 7.42 billion during December of last year.

The carrier reported an increase of 0.9 percentage points in its system-wide load factor to 85.3% from 84.4% last December.  Delta’s domestic load factor increased by 0.8 percentage points to 85.9% from 85.1% while its international load factor decreased by 1 percentage point to 84.3% from last year’s 83.3%.

Delta said that its consolidated passenger unit revenue, or Prasm, for the month remained flat year-over-year.

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