Alaska Air March Traffic Rises

Traffic rises 4.2% on a 3.7% gain in capacity.
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said Wednesday that March passenger traffic at its Alaska Airlines division increased 4.2% to 1.525 billion revenue passenger miles.

Alaska's capacity during March increased 3.7% from the same month a year ago to 1.95 billion available seat miles. The passenger load factor for the month was 78.2% compared with 77.9% in March 2005.

The company said that traffic at Alaska for the first three months of 2006 increased 4.7% to 4.08 billion revenue passenger miles and capacity increased 3.2% to 5.54 billion available seat miles. The passenger load factor was 73.7% compared with 72.6% in 2005.

Traffic at Alaska's Horizon Air division rose 14.1% in March to 234.3 million revenue passenger miles. Horizon's capacity during March increased 10.6% to 309.6 million available seat miles. The passenger load factor for the month was 75.7%, up from 73.4% last year.

Horizon's traffic for the three months ended March 2006 increased 15% to 620.4 million revenue passenger miles, capacity for the same period increased 12.2% to 877.4 million available seat miles and passenger load factor was 70.7% compared with 69% in 2005.

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