Horizon Air reports June and half-year traffic data

Horizon Air has announced its traffic figures for June 2011 and for the first half of the calendar year.

In June, Horizon generated 172 million revenue passenger miles (RPMs), a decrease of 24.5% from last June’s 228 million. Available seat miles (ASMs) were cut by 23.2% to 221 million from the 288 million recorded in June 2010.

The significant decline in RPMs and ASMs for Horizon from the prior year is due primarily to the completion of the airline’s transition out of the CRJ700 fleet. This transition was completed in June. Alaska is now contracting with SkyWest Airlines to provide regional jet flying in seven markets.

Even with all those changes, June 2011’s passenger load factor only fell by 1.3 percentage points to 77.8% from 79.1% in June last year. During the month Horizon carried 557,000 revenue passengers, a 9.2% decrease compared with June 2010’s figure of 613,000.

In the first half of 2011, RPMs totalled 1,097 million, comapred with 1,189 million in 1H10, a 7.7% decrease. ASMs were down by 11.9% to 1,433 in 1H11 from 1,626 million in 1H10.

The passenger load factor for 1H11 increased by 3.4 pp to 76.5% from 1H10’s figure of 73.1%. Revenue passengers carried in the first six months of 2011 totalled 3,296,000, just 0.2% more than the 3,289,000 carried in 1H10.

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