Delta Reports Capacity Increase, Load Factor Drop for January 2018

By Jesse Sokolow on 2 February 2018
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DSC_5059 (1)Delta Air Lines announced operational results for January 2018.

The Atlanta-based carrier’s total system traffic for the month was 15.64 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, virtually unchanged from January 2017.  Domestic traffic rose 1.3%, from 9.59 billion RPMs 9.71 billion RPMs, while international traffic decreased to 5.93 billion RPMs, a 2% drop from 6.05 billion RPMs the previous January.

Total system-wide capacity for the month rose to 19.62 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, from 19.27 billion ASMs, a 1.8% increase. The airline’s domestic capacity was 12.28 billion ASMs, a year-over-year increase of 3.5% from 11.87 billion in January 2017, while international capacity decreased by 0.8% year-over-year, down to 7.34 billion ASMs 7.4 billion last year.

Load factor for the month was 79.7%, down 1.5 percentage points from 81.2% last January. Delta’s domestic load factor dropped by 1.8 percentage points to 79% 80.8%, while its international load factor decreased by 0.9 percentage points to 80.9% from last year’s 81.8%.

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