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Alaska Air Group reports March 2019 operational results

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SEATTLE, April 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group Inc. today reported March 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 0.5% increase in traffic on a 1.3% increase in capacity compared to March 2018. Load factor decreased 0.7 points to 84.2%.

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


March


Year-to-Date


2019


2018


Change


2019


2018


Change

Revenue passengers (000)

3,891


3,920


(0.7)%


10,417


10,489


(0.7)%

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

4,678


4,654


0.5%


12,449


12,403


0.4%

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

5,556


5,485


1.3%


15,508


15,480


0.2%

Passenger load factor

84.2%


84.9%


(0.7) pts


80.3%


80.1%


0.2 pts

MAINLINE
Mainline reported a 1.2% decrease in traffic on a 0.2% decrease in capacity compared to March 2018. Load factor decreased 0.9 points to 84.5%. Mainline also reported 81.2% of its flights arrived on time in March 2019, compared to 81.9% reported in March 2018.

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


March


Year-to-Date


2019


2018


Change


2019


2018


Change

Revenue passengers (000)

2,952


3,085


(4.3)%


7,864


8,211


(4.2)%

RPMs (000,000)

4,205


4,256


(1.2)%


11,172


11,360


(1.7)%

ASMs (000,000)

4,974


4,985


(0.2)%


13,874


14,098


(1.6)%

Passenger load factor

84.5%


85.4%


(0.9) pts


80.5%


80.6%


(0.1) pt

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

81.2%


81.9%


(0.7) pts


76.9%


84.4%


(7.5) pts

REGIONAL
Regional traffic increased 18.8% on a 16.4% increase in capacity compared to March 2018. Load factor increased 1.6 points to 81.3%. Alaska's regional partners also reported 82.4% of its flights arrived on time in March 2019, compared to 86.7% in March 2018.

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


March


Year-to-Date


2019


2018


Change


2019


2018


Change

Revenue passengers (000)

939


835


12.5%


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