JetBlue reports December and full 2009 traffic

JetBlue Airways has reported its traffic figures for December 2009 and for the whole of last year.

In December, the airline increased revenue passenger miles (RPMs) to 2,280,201,000 from 2,122,020,000 in December 2008, an increase of 7.5%, on a capacity increase in available seat miles (ASMs) of 6.6% to 2,848,699,000 from 2,671,710,000.

The load factor for the month was 80.0%, an increase of 0.6 points from December 2008’a 79.4%. Revenue passengers carried rose by 6.4% to 1,960,367 from 1,841,761.

JetBlue’s preliminary completion factor was 96.8% and its on-time performance was 66.8%. The carrier’s preliminary passenger revenue per available seat mile (RASM) for December decreased by 3% year-over-year.

Over the whole of 2009, RPMs fell by 0.4% to 25,955,397,000 from 26,070,799,000, while ASMs rose 0.4% to 32,557,502,000 from 32,442,332,000. This resulted in a 0.7 pp drop in load factor to 79.7% from 80.4%. Passengers carried in 2009 totalled 22,449,945, a 2.4% increase over 2008’s figure of 21,920,442.

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