Republic Passenger Traffic More Than Doubles in November

Republic Airways Holdings reported preliminary passenger traffic results for November 2009. The Company generated 1.60 billion revenue passenger miles or RPMs a 119.9% increase from the same month last year, while available seat miles or ASMs increased 99.9%.


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The airline said its November traffic rose 119.9% to 1.60 billion RPMs from 726.99 million RPMs in the same period last year. The airline’s November capacity was 2.11 billion ASMs , up 99.9% from 1.06 billion ASMs in the prior year period.

Load factor was 75.6% versus 68.8% in November 2008. A total of 2.59 million passengers were carried during the month, an 82.2% increase from the same month last year.

Republic Airways said Monday that traffic more than doubled in November on the acquisition of Frontier and Midwest airlines.

Paying passengers flew 1.6 billion miles last month, up from 727 million in November 2008. About 44 percent of those miles were on Frontier.

The company said its passenger-carrying capacity doubled, to 2.11 billion available seat miles. A seat mile is one seat flown one mile.

Load factor, or average occupancy on flights, rose to 75.6 percent from 68.8 percent a year earlier, the company said.

For the year so far, Republic said traffic was up 25.4 percent, capacity rose 22.9 percent, and average occupancy increased to 75.2 percent from 73.7 percent in the same period last year.

Republic began including Frontier in its statistics beginning Oct. 1, Midwest Airlines on Aug. 1, and Mokulele Airlines from July 1 to Oct. 14.

Parent Republic Airways Holdings Inc., based in Indianapolis, also owns Chautauqua Airlines, Lynx Aviation, and Shuttle America.