Delta Sees Traffic, Prasm Increase for March

By Jesse Sokolow on 4 April 2017
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DSC_4940Delta Air Lines announced operational results for March 2017.

The Atlanta-based carrier’s total system traffic for the month was 18.17 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a year-over-year increase of 2.3% from 17.76 billion in March 2016.  Domestic traffic rose 3.6% to 11.72 billion RPMs from 11.31 billion last year, while international traffic dropped to 6.44 billion RPMs, a 0.1% decrease from 6.45 billion RPMs last March.

Total system-wide capacity for the month increased by 1% to 21.16 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, from 20.95 billion last year.  The airline’s domestic capacity was 13.55 billion ASMs, a year-over-year rise of 2.9% from 13.17 billion in March 2016, while international capacity decreased 2.1% year-over-year to 7.61 billion ASMs from 7.77 billion during March of last year.

The carrier reported an increase of 1 percentage point in its system-wide load factor to 85.8% from 84.8% last March.  Delta’s domestic load factor increased by 0.7 percentage points to 86.5% from 85.8% while its international load factor increased by 1.8 percentage points to 84.8% from last year’s 83%.

Delta said that its consolidated passenger unit revenue, or Prasm, for the month increased by 0.5% year-over-year although it said it expects passenger unit revenue for the quarter to be down by approximately 0.5%.

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