Alaska Air Group, pax up by 5.6% in December 2016
Alaska Air Group reported its December 2016 and full-year operational results on a combined basis, for its subsidiaries Alaska Airlines (Alaska) and Virgin America (Virgin America), and for its regional flying operated by subsidiary Horizon Air Industries and third-party regional carriers, SkyWest Airlines and PenAir.
On a combined basis, the group reported a 5.6% increase in traffic on a 5% increase in capacity year over year. At the same time, load factor increased 0.5 points to 83.1% YoY.
Alaska Air reported a 4.2% increase in traffic on a 2.5% increase in capacity YoY and load factor increased 1.4 points to 85%. Alaska also reported 76.1% of its flights arrived on time in December 2016, compared to the 85.3% reported in December 2015.
Virgin America traffic increased 9% on an 11.0% increase in capacity YoY and load factor decreased 1.4 points to 79.2%. The newly acquired airline reported 70.2% of its flights arrived on time in December 2016, compared to 71.1% in December 2015.
Alaska Airlines, together with Virgin America and its regional partners, flies 40 million customers a year to 118 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba.