Alaska Airlines Reports Increase in Traffic, Capacity for September, While Load Factor Declines

By Paul Riegler on 12 October 2017
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DSC_0684-EDAlaska Air Group announced operational results for September 2017.

The carrier saw a rise in traffic and capacity, and a drop in load factor for the month.

System-wide traffic for Alaska Air Group, expressed in revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, increased by 8.4% year-over-year, up to 4.16 billion RPMs compared to 3.84 billion in September of 2016.

Capacity was 5.02 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, a year-over-year increase of 10.1% from 4.56 billion ASMs.

System-wide load factor for the month was 82.9%, a 1.3 percentage point decline from 84.2% in September 2016.

The figures include flights operated by Alaska Airlines and Virgin America, which the carrier acquired last December, as well as Horizon Air and those operated under third-party capacity purchase agreements. Operational results include Virgin America’s from the pre-acquisition period for the sake of comparison.

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