Virgin America publishes March and first quarter 2015 traffic

Virgin America has announced its preliminary operational results for March 2015 and the first quarter of the calendar year (1Q15).

The airline's revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in March increased 4.9% to 853,011,000 from 812,850,000 last March. Available seat miles was 4.7% higher than the same month in 2014 at 1,012,912,000, up from 967,143,000.

The March load factor was 84.2%, up 0.2 percentage points from March 2014. The number of onboard passengers increased 5.4% to a rounded figure of 574,000 from last March’s 544,000.

In 1Q15, RPMs totalled 2,256,695,000, up 2.6% from 1Q14’s figure of 2,198,828,000. ASMs were increased by 1.5% to 2,818,875,000 in 1Q15 from 2,777,265,000 in 1Q14.

The load factor for the quarter was 80.1%, compared with 79.2% in 1Q14, a 0.9 pp increase. The rounded number of passengers carried was 1,523,000 compared with 1,479,000 in 1Q14, a 2.9% increase.

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