United Airlines reports September 2016 traffic increase of 4%

United Airlines (UAL) has reported September 2016 consolidated traffic (revenue passenger miles or RPMs) of 17.5 billion compared to September 2016 consolidated traffic of 16.8 billion, an increase of 3.9 percent, the company said.

The company said in September 2016, consolidated capacity (available seat miles or ASMs) was 21.0 billion, compared to 20.3 billion in September 2015, an increase of increased 3.6 percent.

UAL´s consolidated load factor increased from 82.9 percent in September 2015 to 83.2 percent in September 2016, an increase of 0.3 points.

The company said it expects third-quarter 2016 consolidated passenger unit revenue to decline 5.5 to 6.0 percent compared to the third quarter of 2015. The company said the year-over-year performance was primarily impacted by a strong US dollar, lower surcharges, travel reductions from customers impacted by lower oil prices, competitive actions and passenger demand not growing at the same pace as industry capacity.

United Airlines and United Express operate more than 4,500 flights a day to 339 airports across five continents. In 2015, United and United Express operated more than 1.5 million flights carrying more than 140 million customers.