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December 2014 and full year traffic data reported by Great Lakes Aviation

Great Lakes Aviation has announced preliminary passenger traffic results for the month of December 2014 as well as for the whole of last year.

In December, revenue passenger miles (RPMs) numbered 3,121,000, 67.6% down on the 9,644,000 reported in December 2013. Behind this was the 65.1% cut in available seat miles (ASMs) to 6,893,000 from December 2013’s figure of 19,729,000. That capacity cut came from the removal of seats from the carrier’s Beech 1900D aircraft to enable Great Lakes to fly under regulations which do not require pilots to have 1,500 flying hours, a regulation brought in at the beginning of 2014.

Given the seats offered however, the load factor dropped by only 3.6 percentage points, to 45.3% from 48.9%. The airline carried 11,188 passengers in December 2014, compared with 34,626 the previous December, a 67.7% decrease.

Over the full year in 2014, RPMs fell by 59.5% to 54,293,000 from 133,933,000 against a 64.4% cut in ASMs to 118,996,000 from 334,426,000. The load factor thus rose by 5.5 pp to 45.6% from 40.1%. The total number of passengers carried was 190,248, compared with 466,490 in 2013, a decrease of 59.2%.

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