Alaska Airlines April traffic rises 6.3 percent

May 3, 2012 

SEATTLE (AP) - Alaska Airlines said on Thursday that April traffic rose 6.3 percent, boosting occupancy on its planes.

The Seattle-based airline said its flying capacity rose 3.1 percent. Because traffic rose faster than flying, its planes carried more passengers per flight. Occupancy rose 2.5 percentage points to 87.4 percent.

Through the first four months of the year, Alaska Airlines traffic has risen 6.6 percent, with flying capacity rising 3.4 percent. Occupancy has risen 2.6 percentage points to 86.2 percent.

The airline is owned by Alaska Air Group Inc., which also runs a regional flying company called Horizon Air. Horizon's April traffic fell 13.4 percent, and capacity fell 13.1 percent. Load factor fell 0.2 percentage points to 76.4 percent. So far this year, Horizon traffic has fallen 14.1 percent, with capacity down 14.2 percent. Occupancy has risen 10.5 percentage points to 89.6 percent.

Shares of Alaska Air Group rose 20 cents to $33.22 in afternoon trading.

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