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JetBlue reports March and 1Q09 traffic data
JetBlue Airways has reported that its traffic in March 2009, measured in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) decreased by 8.5% from March 2008 (2,246,667,000 and 2,455,292,000 respectively).
This was alongside a capacity decrease, in available seat miles from 3,001,820,000 in March 20008 to 2,834,870,000 in March this year, a 5.6% drop. The load factor for March 2009 was 79.3%, a decrease of 2.5 percentage points (pp) from March 2008. Total revenue passengers carried numbered 1,979,981, a 4.4% fall from 2,071,056 in March 2008.
For the first quarter of the year (1Q09), JetBlue's recorded traffic was 6,039,506,000 RPMs, down 8.0% from 6,563,254,000 in 1Q08. ASMs dropped by 5.4% to 7,942,489,000 in 1Q09 from 8,395,037,000 in the same period last year.
The 1Q09 load factor was 76.0%, down 2.2 pp from 1Q08's load factor of 78.2%. Total passengers carried during this year's first quarter was 5,290,880, a decrease of 4.1% from 5,518,098 passengers in 1Q08.
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