Frontier and Lynx traffic for May 2009 announced
Frontier Airlines Holdings has reported preliminary traffic results for May 2009 for both its mainline operation and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lynx Aviation.
The mainline operation's results show that revenue passenger miles (RPMs) decreased by 15.7% to 747,594,000 from 887,201,000, while capacity, available seat miles, was down 14.9% to 919,194,000 from 1,079,730,000 in the same period last year.
This resulted in a load factor of 81.3%, a decrease of 0.9 percentage points (pp) from May 2008. Frontier carried 832,367 passengers during the month, a 12.3% decrease from the 949,116 carried in the same period last year.
Passenger yield was 8.96 cents, down 1.28 cents or 12.5% from May 2008. Passenger unit revenue (the revenue per ASM) decreased by 13.4% to 7.29 cents.
Operationally, the airline's average stage length decreased by 4.0% to 898 miles from 935 miles in May 2008.
Lynx Aviation's results for May 2009 record RPMs increasing by 20.0% to 29,213,000 from 24,339,000 in May 2008 and capacity also going up, this time by 18.1% to 49,303,000 ASMs from 41,745,000 last May.
This resulted in a load factor for May 2009 of 59.3%, 1.0 pp up on May 2008's 58.3%. Lynx carried 84,130 passengers, an 8.7% increase over the 77,369 carried in May 2008.
Passenger yield was 18.42 cents, down 5.09 cents or 21.7% from the same period last year. Passenger unit revenue decreased by 20.4% to 10.91 cents.
The airline's average length of haul increased 10.2% to 347 miles from 315 miles year-on-year for the respective months.