Alaska Air Reports Traffic and Capacity Increase for May

By Paul Riegler on 15 June 2018
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DSC_0333 (1)Alaska Air Group announced operational results for May 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 7.4% year-over-year, up to 4.84 billion RPMs compared to 4.50 billion in May of 2017.

Capacity was 5.66 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, a year-over-year increase of 8.8% from 5.20 billion ASMs.

System-wide load factor for the month was 85.4% a 1.1 percentage point decline from 86.5% in May 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.

In addition, on April 25, Alaska Airlines merged all Virgin America customer-facing operations such as selecting flights and checking in, with its own. Customers now use Alaska’s website, mobile app, and airport kiosks exclusively when traveling.

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