Alaska Air Group transported 6.5% more passengers from January to February, to exceed 6.52 million, according to data published Friday by the company, which groups Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air Industries, and its regional subsidiaries and third regional operators SkyWest Airlines and Peninsula Airlines, a subsidiary of RAVN Air.
The capacity offered was reduced by 0.4% while passenger traffic increased by 0.3%. The load factor was 78.1%, 0.6 percentage points more than in the first two months of 2018.
In February, the group transported 3.1 million passengers, 3.1% less than the 3.22 million posted in the same month of 2018.
In the second month of the year, Alaska Air Group increased its capacity by 1.9% and registered a 2% decrease in registered demand. The load factor reached 79.3%, 0.1 percentage points less.
The company attributes this result to the «unusual winter weather» in the Pacific Northwest in February, which caused its operations to face «significant challenges». The impacts of the storms are reflected in the operational results.
BETTER EVOLUTION IN REGIONAL AIRLINES
The group has not offered data disaggregated by airlines but by market segments. On the one hand, Alaska Airlines and Virgin America, which he calls main, and on the other hand those of Horizon Air and third associated airlines such as SkyWest Airlines and Peninsula Airlines, regional.
In its main business, the two companies moved 4.91 million passengers in the first two months of the year, 4.2% less, after applying a 2.3% adjustment in the offer and recording a decrease of 1, 9% of the traffic. The load factor stood at 78.3%, 0.3 percentage points more than a year ago.
For its part, the group of regional airlines contributed 1.61 million passengers, 11.7% more than in the first two months of 2018. Their offer increased by 19.4%, while passenger traffic increased 24.7%. The occupancy rate stood at 85.8%, 11.7 percentage points less.
Alaska Air Group, based in Seattle (USA), and its four subsidiary brands operate together more than 115 routes with a daily average of 1,200 flights to destinations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. The year moves a volume of passengers that exceeds 44 million.