December 2008 and full-year traffic reported by Great Lakes Aviation
Great Lakes Aviation, has announced preliminary passenger traffic results for December 2008 and the year ending 31 December 2008.
In December 2008, traffic in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) rose 1.6% to 12,315,000 from 12,124,000 in the same period in 2007. Capacity in available seat miles (ASMs), however, went up by 22.2% from 25,701,000 to 31,416,000, resulting in a load factor decrease of 8.0 percentage points (pp) to 39.2% from 47.2% in December 2007. Total passengers carried for the respective months also fell, from 45,197 to 43,576, a drop of 3.6%.
Over the full calendar year RPMs decreased by 1.6% to 154,655,000 from 157,144,000 in 2007. ASMs grew by 13.2% to 360,636,000 last year from 318,524,000 the previous year. A total of 569,844 passengers were carried in 2008, a 1.5% decrease on 2007's figure of 578,773. Load factor fell by 6.4 pp from 49.3% in 2007 to 42.9% last year.
Using a fleet of Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias and Beech 1900Ds, Great Lakes Aviation flights are operated under the company's own Great Lakes Airlines brand in conjunction with codeshare agreements with United Airlines and Frontier Airlines.