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Alaska Air Group posts 5.6 percent increase in traffic

Alaska Air GroupAlaska Air Group reported December and full-year operational results on a combined basis.

The report is for its subsidiaries Alaska Airlines and Virgin America, and for its regional flying operated by subsidiary Horizon Air Industries and third-party regional carriers, SkyWest Airlines and PenAir (Regional).

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On a combined basis, Air Group reported a 5.6 percent increase in traffic on a 5 percent increase in capacity compared to December 2015. Load factor increased 0.5 points to 83.1 percent.

These statistics include flights operated by Alaska, Virgin America, Horizon, and those under third-party capacity purchase agreements.

Alaska reported a 4.2 percent increase in traffic on a 2.5 percent increase in capacity compared to December 2015. Load factor increased 1.4 points to 85.0 percent.

Alaska also reported 76.1 percent of its flights arrived on time in December, compared to the 85.3 percent reported in December 2015.

Virgin America traffic increased 9.0 percent on an 11.0 percent increase in capacity compared to December 2015. Load factor decreased (1.4) points to 79.2 percent.

Virgin America also reported 70.2 percent of its flights arrived on time in December, compared to 71.1 percent in December 2015.

Regional traffic increased 8.5 percent on an 8.2 percent increase in capacity compared to December 2015. Load factor increased 0.2 points to 80.3 percent. Regional also reported 61.6 percent of its flights arrived on time in December, compared to the 68.8 percent reported in December 2015.

Alaska Airlines is bringing four new markets to customers in the Rose City. New seasonal service will include Portland-Philadelphia starting May 22; Portland-Milwaukee, Wisconsin, starting June 5; and Portland-Baltimore starting June 6. New nonstop service between Portland-Albuquerque will start Aug. 18 and operate year-round.




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