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Airlines’ Passenger Traffic for June

Airline Logos CollageFigures for passenger traffic during the month of June are being reported by airlines everywhere, and some are announcing better figures than others. One carrier group that is sitting on top is the International Airlines Group (IAG), which is the result of the merger between British Airways and Iberia. The group says that it had a 9.2% rise in traffic last month compared to the same month last year. Business-class traffic rose by 25.2% and non-premium traffic was up 6.7%. They also noted that passenger load factor was 1.8% higher at 81.7%.

Air France-KLM, the largest carrier in Europe, reported a 2.9% increase in traffic to 18.39 billion revenue pax-kilometres (RPKs), while capacity was increased 5%. Load factor declined by 1.7 percentage points to 82.1% because of a slowdown in growth between capacity and number of seats sold. This was down from an 83.3% load factor during the same month last year.

Aer Lingus wasn’t as lucky, however. The carrier reported that passenger traffic fell 1.7% in June due to the threat of industrial action hitting bookings, which only made it to 925,000. Long-haul travellers declined 4.3%, while short-haul passenger traffic fell 1.4%. Load factor for the airline also fell, by 2.1 percentage points to 80%. Load factor fell 1.1 points to 78.6% on short-haul flights – while capacity was increased 1.5%. Load factor dropped 4.1 points to 83.1% on long-haul flights, while capacity was increased 0.5%. Its regional brand, Aer Lingus Regional, had a 70.7% increase in booked passengers to 70,000 year-on-year.

Overseas, American Airlines has announced a 1.3% jump in June passenger traffic, with travellers flying 11.39 billion miles – an increase to the 11.25 billion miles flown during the same month last year. Domestic traffic dropped 0.9%, but international traffic increased 4.8%. Passenger-carrying capacity was raised 1.8%, with a 0.5% increase to domestic capacity and a 3.8% increase to international capacity. Load factor was 86.3% for the month, a 3 point gain from the previous month but slightly lower than the 86.8% load factor during June 2010.

Delta Air Lines has reported that its passenger traffic dropped 1.5% for the month due to a fall in US traffic. Domestic traffic was down 2.7%, but this couldn’t be offset by the 0.3% rise in international traffic. Travellers flew 18.26 billion miles – less than the 18.53 billion miles flown in June of last year. Passenger-carrying capacity was raised 0.2%, while domestic capacity was cut 1.5% and international capacity risen 2.5%. Load factor was 86.3% – down from the 87.7% in the same month last year.

US Airways says that traffic for the month of June rose 2.5%. Passenger revenue per available seat mile was up 6%, but this has slowed from the 11% increase seen the month before. The airline says that traffic is outpacing capacity, which continues to rise 1% this year. It also noted that load factor reached a record percentage despite increased fare prices.

Alaska Airlines, which is owned by Alaska Air Group, has reported a 7.9% rise in traffic for June to 1.98 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs), while capacity was increased 6.8%. Passenger load factor was up 0.9 points to 85.4% from the 84.6% reported in the same month last year.

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