September 13, 2012

August Traffic Up 13.1%!

Our preliminary traffic results for August 2012 are in. Traffic in August increased 13.1 percent from August 2011, on a capacity increase of 12.8 percent. Load factor for August 2012 was 87.6 percent, an increase of 0.3 points from August 2011. Our preliminary completion factor was 99.6 percent and our on-time (1) performance was 74.0 percent.  Our preliminary passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) for the month of August increased three percent year over year.  For the month of September, PRASM is expected to decrease between two and three percent year over year.

TRAFFIC RESULTS

        August 2012

        August 2011

        % Change

Revenue passenger miles (000)

3,281,250

2,900,026

13.1%

Available seat miles (000)

3,744,903

3,320,360

12.8%

Load factor

87.6%

87.3%

0.3 pts.

Revenue passengers

2,795,097

2,424,329

15.3%

Departures

24,403

21,105

15.6%

Average stage length

1,097

1,116

(1.7)%

         Y-T-D 2012

         Y-T-D 2011

         % Change

Revenue passenger miles (000)

22,965,586

20,579,385

11.6%

Available seat miles (000)

27,004,730

24,838,362

8.7%

Load factor

85.0%

82.9%

2.1 pts.

Revenue passengers

19,777,445

17,662,060

12.0%

Departures

178,486

162,068

10.1%

Average stage length

1,084

1,092

(0.7)%

(1) The U.S. Department of Transportation considers on-time arrivals to be those domestic flights arriving within 14 minutes of schedule.

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