United Sees Slight Drop in August Load Factor but Restores Houston Operations Ahead of Schedule

By Jesse Sokolow on 8 September 2017
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DSC_0423 (1)United Airlines announced operational results for August 2017. The carrier’s consolidated traffic and capacity were up year-over-year, while its load factor dropped slightly after a month marked by operational challenges from Hurricane Harvey.

Total traffic for the Chicago-based airline during the month of August was 20.4 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, an increase of 2.3% from 19.9 billion RPMs in August 2016. The carrier’s total capacity for the month was up 2.4% to 23.9 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, from 23.3 billion ASMs last August.

Meanwhile, United’s consolidated load factor was down 0.2 percentage points to 85.3% from 85.5% in August 2016.

United reported a 4% increase in domestic traffic on a 4.8% increase in capacity while there was a 0.2% increase in international traffic on a 10.5% increase in international capacity.

“Last month, faced with the devastating impacts of Harvey, as well as other operational issues, our employees rose to the test to make the most of a very challenging month,” said United President Scott Kirby. “Thanks to the resilience and spirit of our dedicated employees, our operation in Houston has returned back to 100 percent today, ahead of schedule.”

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