Alaska Air Group reports lower load factor in November due to late Thanksgiving

5 December 2013

Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) has reported the November and year-to-date operational results for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, and on a combined basis.

Alaska reported a 1.5 percent increase in traffic on a 6.7 percent increase in capacity compared to November 2012. This resulted in a decrease in load factor of 4.2 points, to 82.2 percent. Alaska also reported 87.9 percent of its flights arrived on time in November, compared to the 87.3 percent reported in November 2012.

The late Thanksgiving negatively impacted load factors for Alaska, Horizon and Air Group in November. Returning holiday travel during the first few days of December should positively impact December load factors.

Horizon reported a 2.9 percent decrease in traffic on a 0.1 percent decrease in capacity compared to November 2012. This resulted in a decrease in load factor of 2.4 points to 77.4 percent. Horizon also reported a record 90.7 percent of its flights arrived on time in November, compared to the 89.8 percent reported in November 2012.

On a combined basis, Air Group reported a 1.4 percent increase in traffic on a 6.5 percent increase in capacity compared to November 2012. This resulted in a decrease in load factor of 4.2 points to 81.7 percent. These statistics include flights operated by Alaska and those under capacity purchase agreements, including Horizon, SkyWest and PenAir.

Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group, together with its partner regional airlines, serves nearly 100 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. For reservations, visit www.alaskaair.com.

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