Horizon Air’s March 2012 traffic data released

Horizon Air has announced its traffic statistics for March 2012.

The airline reported a 15.2% decline in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) to 173 million from 204 million. Available passenger miles (ASMs) saw a 14.3% decline to 221 million from 258 million in March 2011.

These figures created a 0.8 percentage point decrease in load factor to 78.3%. Revenue passengers carried numbered 571,000, a 4.0% decrease compared with the 595,000 carried in March 2011. Horizon also reported 88.1% of its flights arrived on time in March 2012, compared with 80.2% in March 2011.

The airline notes that the significant decline in RPMs and ASMs from the previous year was related to the completion of Horizon’s transition out of the CRJ700 regional jet and a corresponding reduction in the size of Horizon’s operating fleet from 54 aircraft at 31 March 2011 to 48 aircraft at 31 March 2012. This transition was completed in June 2011.

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