Alaska Air Sees Traffic and Capacity Increase in March

By Paul Riegler on 13 April 2018
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IMG_4344 (1)Alaska Air Group announced operational results for March 2018. 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 6.5% year-over-year, up to 3.92 billion RPMs compared to 3.73 billion in March of 2017.

Capacity was 5.48 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, a year-over-year increase of 7.2% from 5.12 billion ASMs.

System-wide load factor for the month was 84.9% a 0.5 percentage point decline from 85.4% in March 2017.

The figures include flights operated by Alaska Airlines and Virgin America, which the carrier acquired in December 2016, as well as Horizon Air and those operated under third-party capacity purchase agreements. Because Alaska and Virgin America consolidated their operations under a single operating certificate, operational results for the two carriers were combined into a single mainline operation.

In addition, on April 25, Alaska Airlines plans to merge all Virgin America customer-facing operations such as selecting flights and checking in, with its own. Going forward, customers will use Alaska’s website, mobile app, and airport kiosks when traveling.

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