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Alaska Air Group reports September 2019 operational results

SEATTLE, Oct. 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group Inc. today reported September and year-to-date operational results on a consolidated basis, for its mainline operations operated by subsidiary Alaska Airlines Inc. and for its regional flying operated by subsidiary Horizon Air Industries Inc. and third-party regional carriers SkyWest Airlines and Peninsula Airlines, a subsidiary of RAVN Air.

AIR GROUP
On a combined basis for all operations, Air Group reported a 6.4% increase in traffic on a 3.5% increase in capacity compared to September 2018. Load factor increased 2.2 points to 83%.

The following table shows the operational results for September and year-to-date, compared to the prior-year periods:


September


Year-to-Date


2019


2018


Change


2019


2018


Change

Revenue passengers (000)

3,807


3,579


6.4%


35,018


34,685


1.0%

Revenue passenger miles RPM (000,000) "traffic"

4,452


4,186


6.4%


42,113


41,272


2.0%

Available seat miles ASM (000,000) "capacity"

5,365


5,183


3.5%


50,006


49,256


1.5%

Passenger load factor

83.0%


80.8%


2.2 pts


84.2%


83.8%


0.4 pts

MAINLINE
Mainline reported a 5.1% increase in traffic on a 2.4% increase in capacity compared to September 2018. Load factor increased 2.2 points to 83.2%. Mainline also reported 81.5% of its flights arrived on time in September 2019, compared to 85.2% reported in September 2018.

The following table shows mainline operational results for September and year-to-date, compared to the prior-year periods:


September


Year-to-Date


2019


2018


Change


2019


2018


Change

Revenue passengers (000)

2,884


2,755


4.7%


26,725


27,107


(1.4)%

RPMs (000,000)

3,984


3,789


5.1%


37,917


37,677


0.6%

ASMs (000,000)

4,786


4,676


2.4%


44,816


44,730


0.2%

Passenger load factor

83.2%


81.0%


2.2 pts


84.6%


84.2%


0.4 pt

On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT

81.5%


85.2%


(3.7) pts


80.3%


83.2%


(2.9) pts

REGIONAL
Regional traffic increased 17.9% on a 14.2% increase in capacity compared to September 2018. Load factor increased 2.6 points to 80.8%. Alaska's regional partners also reported 85.9% of its flights arrived on time in September 2019, compared to 83.4% in September 2018.

The following table shows regional operational results for September and year-to-date, compared to the prior-year periods:


September


Year-to-Date


2019


2018


Change


2019


2018


Change

Revenue passengers (000)

923


824


12.0%


8,293


7,578


9.4%

RPMs (000,000)

468


397


17.9%


4,196


3,595


16.7%

ASMs (000,000)

579


507


14.2%


5,190


4,526


14.7%

Passenger load factor

80.8%


78.2%


2.6 pts


80.8%


79.4%


1.4 pts

On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT

85.9%


83.4%


2.5 pts


83.6%


84.5%


(0.9) pts

Alaska Airlines and its regional partners fly 46 million guests a year to more than 115 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, guests can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 900 destinations worldwide. Alaska ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America" in the J.D. Power North America Airline Satisfaction Study for 12 consecutive years from 2008 to 2019. Learn about Alaska's award-winning service at newsroom.alaskaair.com and blog.alaskaair.com. Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK).

SOURCE Alaska Air Group Inc.

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