Allegiant Travel Company (ALGT - Free Report) reported disappointing traffic figures for September. Traffic for scheduled service — measured in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) — declined 5.1% on a year-over-year basis to 639.53 million. Scheduled capacity, calculated in available seat miles (ASMs), also decreased 5.6% to 775.91 million in the month.
As capacity contraction was more than the fall in traffic, load factor (percentage of seats filled with passengers) inched up 40 basis points year over year to 82.4%.
The number of departures for scheduled service dipped 1.5%. Additionally, average stage length (average distance flown per aircraft departure) declined 4.5% to 808 miles in the same month.
Allegiant’s passenger count for scheduled service slid 0.8% in September. The same for total system (including scheduled service and fixed fee contract) dipped 0.5%. Additionally, total system ASMs fell 3.7% year over year in September. The company's system-wide average fuel cost per gallon was approximately $2.11 in the month, lower than $2.13 in August. Allegiant expects fuel cost per gallon of $2.15 for 2019.
This reporting cycle, the carrier is set to report third-quarter earnings numbers on Oct 24.
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