August traffic announced by Horizon Air

Horizon Air has reported its preliminary traffic figures for August 2011, featuring a record load factor for the month.

Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) fell to 191 million from 234 million in August 2010, an 18.5% decrease. Available seat miles (ASMs) were cut by 19.5% to 230 million from 286 million. These figures created the passenger load factor of 82.9%, up by 1 percentage point from August 2010’s figure of 81.9%.

Revenue passengers carried in August totalled 610,000, down by 4.8% from the 640,000 carried in August last year.

On-time arrivals improved significantly to 92.7%, 12.2 percentage points up from August 2010’s figure of 80.5%.

The airline notes that the significant decline in capacity and traffic from the previous year is due primarily to the completion of its transition out of the CRJ700 fleet and a corresponding reduction in the size of operating fleet from 53 aircraft at 31 August 2010, to 49 aircraft at 31 August 2011. This transition was completed in June of 2011.

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