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.

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On the 14th of December 2016 Alaska Air Group (Alaska) announced it has closed its acquisition of Virgin America. The definitive merger agreement was signed in April 2016 and approved by Virgin America shareholders in July 2016.
 

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.