Pinnacle reports December and full 2011 traffic data

Pinnacle Airlines Corporation has released capacity and operational results for its subsidiaries for December 2011 and the full calendar year.

In December 2011, the company generated 631,346,000 revenue passenger miles (RPMs), a decrease of 6.9% compared with the 678,024,000 RPMs in December 2010. Available seat miles (ASMs) for the month numbered 870,984,000, compared with December 2010’d figure of 933,580,000, a 6.7% drop.

The load factor thus fell slightly, by 0.1 percentage points, to 72.5% from 72.6% for the respective periods. The number of passengers carried in December totalled 1,490,694 compared with 1,507,147 the previous December, a 1.1% decrease.

For the whole of 2011, RPMs totalled 8,673,702,000, an increase of 24.9% over 2010’s figure of 6,942,182,000. ASMs increased by 22.0% to 11,589,719,000 in 2011 from 9,438,766,000 in 2010.

The 2011 load factor was 74.8%, an increase of 1.3 pp from 2010’s 73.5%. The number of passengers carried for the respective periods was 20,000,957 and 16,390,620, a 22.0% year-on-year increase.

The large increase in the annual RPM, ASM and passenger figures reflect Pinnacle’s acquisition of Mesaba Aviation on 1 July 2010.

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