Alaska Sees Increase in September Traffic, Load Factor Drops

By Jesse Sokolow on 2 October 2014
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An Alaska Airlines plane at Washington Reagan

An Alaska Airlines plane at Washington Reagan

Alaska Air Group announced operational results for September 2014 for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, as well as on a combined basis.  The combined statistics include flights operated Alaska and Horizon, as well as those under capacity purchase agreements, including SkyWest and PenAir.

Traffic for Alaska Airlines, expressed in revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, increased by 8.3% year-over-year, up to 2.15 billion RPMs from 1.98 billion in September of 2013.  Traffic for Horizon Air was up 5.1% to 184 million RPMs, compared to 175 million in the same period in 2013. System-wide traffic for Alaska Air Group was 2.39 billion RPMs, a 9% year-over-year increase from 2.2 billion.

Alaska Airlines reported 2.61 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, for September, a year-over-year increase of 9.2% from 2.39 billion.  Capacity for Horizon Air was up 6.8% to 234 million ASMs for September, compared to 219 million in the same month last year.  System-wide capacity was 2.92 billion ASMs, a year-over-year increase of 9.9%.

Alaska’s load factor for the month was 82.1%, a decrease of 0.7 percentage points from September 2013, while Horizon Air reported a load factor of 78.6%, down 1.3 percentage points.  Alaska Air Group had a system-wide load factor of 81.9%, a drop of 0.7 percentage points from last September’s.

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