Regional airlines in the United States continue to report spikes in passenger traffic, fueling the need for expansion and the hiring of new pilots. American Eagle for example reported an increase in passenger traffic of 18.9 percent in February compared to the same month a year ago. Eagle’s measure of the total amount of seats available expanded by 14.0 percent compared to the same time period last year.
February load factor, or the measure of the number of available seats filled with passengers, was 70.2 percent. That was an increase of 2.9 percent compared to the same period last year.
American Eagle boarded almost 1.5 million passengers in February.