September 2011 traffic announced by Horizon Air

Horizon Air has reported its traffic figures for September 2011 with the load factor increasing to almost 80%.

Horizon reported a 16.6% decline in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) to 161 million from 193 million. Available seat miles were cut by 20.1% to 203 million from 254 million. This resulted in a 3.3 percentage point increase in load factor to a September record of 79.3%.

Horizon also reported that 92.6% of its flights arrived on time, a September record compared with the 86.8% reported in September 2010.

The significant drop in capacity and traffic for Horizon from the prior year is due primarily to the completion of Horizon’s transition out of its CRJ700 fleet and a corresponding reduction in the size of Horizon’s operating fleet from 53 aircraft at 30 September 2010 to 48 aircraft at 30 September 2011. This transition was completed in June 2011.

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