United Airlines Sees Increase in Traffic, Capacity, Load Factor for May

By Paul Riegler on 9 June 2018
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United's last 747 in flight

United’s last 747 in flight

United Airlines announced operational results for May 2018. The carrier’s consolidated traffic and capacity were up year-over-year, as was its load factor.

Total traffic for the Chicago-based airline during the month of May was 19.73 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, an increase of 6.7% from 18.5 billion RPMs in May 2017. The carrier’s total capacity for the month was up 4.2% to 23.61 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, from 22.66 billion ASMs the previous May.

Meanwhile, United’s consolidated load factor increased, up two percentage points to 83.6% from 81.6% in May 2017.

United reported an increase of 5.9% in international traffic for the period, while its international capacity rose by 1.4%. The airline saw a 7.2% increase in domestic traffic, with a 6.5% rise in domestic capacity.

Additionally, the percentage of mainline flights departing by or before their scheduled departure time was 68.5% for the month, a drop of 1.7 percentage point compared to the previous May’s 70.2%.

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