AirTran Airways and JetBlue Passenger Traffic Up in May

AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc, today
reported traffic for the month of May. The airline’s load factor, 80.8 percent,
represents a new all-time company record for the month of May.


For May, traffic grew by 8.4 percent
to more than 1.67 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) and the airline
enplaned over 2.1 million passengers, a 6.6 percent increase over May 2009.
Year-to-date, the airline has enplaned 9.7 million passengers – a 4.3 percent
increase over last year.

Passengers flown surged 6.6 percent to 2,135,006.

Year to date, AirTran’s traffic
was up 7.8 percent, its load factor was up 1.5 points and the number of
passengers flown grew 4.3 percent to 9,738,814.

Orlando-based AirTran Airways is
a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings Inc. and the second largest carrier at Orlando
International Airport.

JetBlue Airways also said on Tuesday that its May traffic rose
9.8 percent, more than twice as fast as the airline added capacity.

That meant its planes flew fuller, with occupancy rising 3.9
percentage points to 81.3 percent.

JetBlue said it flew 2.3 billion revenue-passenger miles in May,
up from almost 2.1 billion during May 2009. A revenue-passenger mile is one
paying passenger flown one mile; it’s a key industry measure of traffic.

Capacity rose 4.5 percent to 2.83 billion available seat miles,
from 2.71 billion a year earlier.

For the first five months of the year, traffic rose 7.4 percent
to 11.13 billion revenue-passenger miles. Capacity rose 5.8 percent to 14.18
billion available seat miles. Load factor — the industry term for occupancy —
rose 1.2 percentage points to 78.5 percent.