United Airlines Load Factor, Traffic Up in June

By Paul Riegler on 11 July 2016
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DSC_0295United Airlines announced operational results for June 2016.

The carrier’s consolidated traffic, capacity, and load factor were all up year-over-year for the month.

Total traffic for the Chicago-based airline during the month of June was 19.622 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, an increase of 1.4% from 19.359 billion RPMs in June 2015.  The carrier’s total capacity for the month was up 0.5%, to 22.539 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, from 22.438 billion ASMs last June.

Meanwhile, United’s consolidated load factor increased slightly, up 0.8 percentage points to 87.1% from 86.3% in June 2015.

In terms of international traffic, United saw an increase of 2.3%, while its international capacity rose by 2.6%.  The carrier saw a 1.1% increase in domestic traffic, with a 0.9% drop in capacity.

The nation’s fourth largest carrier said it expects second quarter consolidated passenger unit revenue to decline 6.5% to 6.75% compared to Q2 2015, citing a strong U.S. dollar, lower surcharges, travel reductions from customers impacted by the drop in oil prices, competition, and industry capacity outdistancing passenger demand.

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