Alaska Air reports March traffic figures for regional services

Alaska Air Group has announced its regional traffic figures for March 2016 and first quarter (1Q16) covering flights operated by its subsidiary Horizon Air and third-party regional carriers SkyWest Airlines and PenAir.

In March, the airlines generated 320 million revenue passenger miles (RPMs) compared with 265 million in March 2015, a 20.8% increase. Available seat miles (ASM) totalled 396 million, up 23% over March 2015’s figure of 322 million.

The load factor in March was 80.8%, a drop of 1.4 percentage points from the 82.2% achieved last March. The rounded figure for revenue passengers carried in March was 802,000 compared with 757,000 in the same month last year, a 5.9% increase.

In 1Q16, RPMs totalled 855 million, up 17.4% over 1Q15’s 728 million, while ASMs were increased by 20.9% to 1,100 million from 1Q15’s 910 million. The 1Q16 load factor thus fell by 2.3 pp to 77.7% from 1Q15’s 80.0%. Revenue passengers carried, in rounded figures, rose by 5.4% in 1Q16 to 2,192,000 from 2,080,000 in 1 Q15.

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