ExpressJet’s traffic rises 23 percent in March

The parent of regional carrier ExpressJet Airlines said late
Monday that its traffic rose nearly 23 percent in March as capacity and
occupancy both increased.


The company said it flew 813 million revenue passenger miles
last month compared with 663 million in March 2009. A revenue passenger mile is
an industry unit measuring one paying passenger flown one mile.

Available seat miles, or capacity, increased to 1.02 billion
from 874 million in the same month a year earlier.

Load factor, or occupancy, rose to 79.4 percent from 75.9

The company operated 36,078 departures during the month under
the banners of Continental Express and United Express.

Year-to-date, revenue passenger miles for the Houston carrier
rose to 2.07 billion from 1.71 billion a year earlier. Available seat miles
rose to 2.74 billion from 2.39 billion and occupancy increased to 79.4 percent
from 71.6 percent.