Alaska Air Group Inc. (ALK: Quote) Monday reported March operational results for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, and on a combined basis. On a combined basis, Air Group reported a 9.5 percent growth in March traffic on a 9.7 percent year-on-year increase in capacity. This resulted in a 0.2-point drop in load factor to 87.7 percent. These statistics include flights operated by Alaska and those under capacity purchase agreements, including Horizon, SkyWest and PenAir, according to the company.
Traffic in March, measured in revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, climbed 9.5% to 2.49 billion from last year's 2.28 billion, while capacity, measured in available seat miles, or ASMs, totaled 2.84 billion, up 9.7% from 2.59 billion a year before. Monthly passenger load factor slid by 0.2 points to 87.7 percent from 87.9 percent in March 2012.
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