Alaska Air Group, Inc. (ALK - Free Report) reported traffic statistics for August. Traffic, measured in revenue passenger miles (RPMs), increased 4.6% to 5.19 billion.
Also, on a year-over-year basis, consolidated capacity (or available seat miles/ASMs) rose 4.2% to 6.04 billion. With traffic growth outpacing capacity expansion, load factor or percentage of seats filled by passengers improved 30 basis points (bps) to 86%.
In the first eight months of 2019, the carrier generated RPMs of 37.66 billion (up 1.6% year over year) and ASMs of 44.64 billion (up 1.3% year over year). As a result, load factor increased 30 bps to 84.4%.
Alaska Air Group recently revised its guidance for third-quarter unit revenues and fuel costs. The carrier expects revenue per available seat mile (RASM) to rise in the 3-5% range year over year (the earlier outlook projected an increase in the 2-5% range). Additionally, economic fuel cost is now anticipated to be $2.15 per gallon compared with the earlier forecast of $2.21.
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