Alaska Airlines reports May 2018 7.4% increase in traffic

Alaska Air Group Inc. has reported May 2018 operational results for subsidiaries flown by Alaska Air and for its regional flying operated by Horizon Air Industries Inc. and third-party regional carriers SkyWest Airlines and Peninsula Airlines, the company said.

On a combined basis for all operations, Air Group reported a 7.4 percent increase in traffic on an 8.8 percent increase in capacity compared to May 2017. Load factor decreased 1.1 points to 85.4 percent.

On Jan. 11, 2018, Alaska and Virgin America consolidated their operations onto a Single Operating Certificate. Results for Alaska and Virgin America have been combined into a single mainline operation.

Mainline reported a 5.8 percent increase in traffic on a 7.3 percent increase in capacity compared to May 2017. Load factor decreased 1.2 points to 85.8 percent. Mainline also reported 81.8 percent of its flights arrived on time in May 2018, compared to 76.2 percent reported in May 2017.

Regional traffic increased 27.4 percent on a 25.4 percent increase in capacity compared to May 2017. Load factor increased 1.3 points to 81.8 percent. Alaska´s regional partners also reported 87.8 percent of its flights arrived on time in May 2018, compared to 86.4 percent in May 2017.

Alaska Airlines and its regional partners fly 44 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.