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Pinnacle Airlines reports December and 2009 performance data

Pinnacle Airlines Corporation has released capacity and operational results for its Pinnacle Airlines, Inc. subsidiary for December 2009, plus the airline’s traffic figures for the whole of last year.

Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) were down 7.2% to 378,164,000 from 407,339,000, while available seat miles (ASMs) were cut by 7.4% to 497,627,000 from 537,301,000.

The resultant load factor was 76.0% an increase of 0.2 percentage points (pp) on the 75.8% achieved in December 2008. The airline carried 867,612 passengers in December 2009, up by 0.2% on December 2008’s figure of 866,033.

The carrier flew 35,949 block hours, compared with 38,642 flown in December 2008, a 7.0% decrease.

For all of 2009, RPMs dropped by 4.2% to 4,640,392,000 from 4,844,526,000 in 2008. ASMs were also down, by 3.3%, to 6,108,609,000 from 6,320,269,000, producing a load factor for the year of 76.0%, 0.7 pp down from 2008’s 76.7%.

Pinnacle carried 10,770,780 passengers in 2008, 3.6% fewer than the 10,392,982 carried in 2008. Block hours flown were 426,432, a decrease of 3.7% from 2008’s total of 442,911 hours.

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