Alaska Air Reports Traffic and Capacity Increase But Lower Load Factor for January

By Jesse Sokolow on 15 February 2018
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DSC_0333Alaska Air Group announced operational results for January 2018. The carrier saw a rise in traffic and capacity, and a drop in load factor for the month.

System-wide traffic for Alaska Air Group, expressed in revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, increased by 3.5% year-over-year, up to 3.97 billion RPMs compared to 3.83 billion in January of 2017.

Capacity was 5.23 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, a year-over-year increase of 6.6% from 4.91 billion ASMs.

System-wide load factor for the month was 75.8% a 2.3 percentage point decline from 78.1% in January 2017.

The figures include flights operated by Alaska Airlines and Virgin America, which the carrier acquired in December 2016, as well as Horizon Air and those operated under third-party capacity purchase agreements. Because Alaska and Virgin America consolidated their operations under a single operating certificate, operational results for the two carriers were combined into a single mainline operation.

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