Airline Operating and Financial Reports

Southwest Reports Rise in December and Full-Year Traffic but Drop in Load Factor

Southwest Reports Rise in December and Full-Year Traffic but Drop in Load Factor

Southwest Airlines announced operational results for December 2016 as well as for calendar year 2016.
The carrier’s total system traffic was 10.445 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, in December, a year-over-year increase of 4.2% from 10.02 billion RPMs in December 2015. For the year, the carrier saw 124.798 billion RPMs, a 6.2% increase from 117.4 billion in 2015.
The airline reported a total system capacity of 12.646 billion ASMs, or available …

Alaska Air Reports Higher Traffic and Load Factor for December and 2016

Alaska Air Reports Higher Traffic and Load Factor for December and 2016

Alaska Air Group announced operational results for December 2016, as well as for calendar year 2016.
System-wide traffic for Alaska Air Group, expressed in revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, increased by 5.6% for the month, up to 4.13 billion RPMs from 3.91 billion in December of 2016. For the year, the airline saw a 10.8% increase in traffic, up to 48.75 billion RPMs from 44.01 billion.
Capacity was 4.96 billion available seat …

Delta Sees Traffic Increase in December, Smaller Drop in Key Revenue Measure

Delta Sees Traffic Increase in December, Smaller Drop in Key Revenue Measure

Delta Air Lines announced operational results for December 2016.
The Atlanta-based airline said it expected a smaller decline in Q4 passenger unit revenue, a closely watched metric, than it had previously forecast, citing strong demand for the period.
The carrier expects passenger unit revenue, which compares sales to flight capacity, to drop 2.5% to 3% for the quarter. It had previously forecast a 3% decline.
The airline’s total system traffic for the month …

Fraport Records More November Passengers Despite Lufthansa Strike

Fraport Records More November Passengers Despite Lufthansa Strike

Fraport AG, the operator of Frankfurt Airport, announced traffic figures for the month of November.
Passenger traffic was 4.1 million passengers, a 4.9% increase from last year. This occurred despite the Lufthansa strike that affected approximately 345,000 passengers.
The number of aircraft movements for the month was up 0.7% year-over-year to 33,556 takeoffs and landings.
Frankfurt Airport also reported a 2.1% year-over-year decrease in cargo tonnage for September, with 191,461 metric tons of …

Delta Sees Increase in Traffic and Load Factor for November

Delta Sees Increase in Traffic and Load Factor for November

Delta Air Lines announced operational results for November 2016.
The Atlanta-based carrier’s total system traffic for the month was 15.61 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a year-over-year increase of 0.3% from 15.56 billion in November 2015.  Domestic traffic rose 3.8% to 10.47 billion RPMs from 10.08 billion last year, while international traffic dropped to 5.14 billion RPMs, a 6.1% decrease from 5.48 billion RPMs last November.
Total system-wide capacity for the …

United Sees Drop in Load Factor for October

United Sees Drop in Load Factor for October

United Airlines announced operational results for October 2016. The carrier’s consolidated traffic and capacity were up year-over-year, while its load factor decreased for the month.
Total traffic for the Chicago-based airline during the month of October was 17.753 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, an increase of 0.6% from 17.646 billion RPMs in October 2015.  The carrier’s total capacity for the month was up 1.8%, to 21.536 billion ASMs, or available …

Alaska Air Group Sees Traffic Increase for October

Alaska Air Group Sees Traffic Increase for October

Alaska Air Group announced operational results for October 2016.
System-wide traffic for Alaska Air Group, expressed in revenue passenger miles or RPMs, increased by 5.5% year-over-year, up to 2.91 billion RPMs from 2.76 billion in October of 2015.
Capacity was 3.45 billion ASMs, a year-over-year increase of 3.2% from 3.35 billion ASMs.
System-wide load factor for the month was 84.2%, a 1.9 percentage points increase from October 2015’s load factor of 82.3%.
For mainline …