Virgin America announces March 2016 and first quarter traffic data

Virgin America has revealed its preliminary operational results for March 2016 – with passengers carried up by almost 15% at an almost constant load factor – plus figures for the first quarter of the year (1Q16).

Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) went up 14.6% to 977,465,000 in March 2016 from 853,011,000 last March, while available seat miles (ASMs) were increased 15.1% to 1,166,142,000 from 1,012,912,000 for the respective months.

The load factor was 83.8% in March 2016, a decrease of 0.4 percentage points from March 2015’s 84.2%. The number of onboard passengers increased by 14.9% to a rounded 659,000, compared with 574,000 in March 2015.

RPMs in 1Q16 totalled 2,615,359,000, compared with 2,256,695,000 in 1Q15, a 15.9% increase. ASMs rose by 15.8% to 3,264,702,000 from 2,818,875,000 for the respective quarters. The load factor thus remained level at 80.1%. The rounded number of passengers carried in 1Q16 was 1,766,000, which was 16% more than the 1,523,000 carried in 1Q15.

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