United Airlines Sees Drop in Load Factor and Traffic for May

By Paul Riegler on 9 June 2016
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DSC_0825United Airlines announced operational results for May 2016.

The Chicago-based airline’s consolidated traffic and load factor were both down slightly while consolidated capacity rose for the month.

Total traffic at the airline during the month of May was 18.033 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, a decrease of 1.2% from 18.245 billion RPMs in May 2015. The carrier’s total capacity for the month was up 0.5%, to 21.858 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, from 21.741 billion ASMs last May.

United’s consolidated load factor was also down, with a drop of 1.4 percentage points to 82.5% from 83.9% in May 2015.

On the international side, United saw a decrease of 3.3% in international traffic, while international capacity increased by 1%. The airline saw a 1.6% increase in domestic traffic, however, and domestic capacity was up 1.4%.

Mainline traffic fell 0.8% with an increase of 1.4 for mainline capacity, while regional traffic dropped 3.7% with a concurrent 4.1% drop in regional capacity.

The company said it expects 2016 second-quarter consolidated passenger unit revenue to decline 6.5% to 8.5% compared to the same period in 2015.

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