If the Alaska Airlines flights you flew last month seemed to be operating near capacity, your impressions were not wrong.
Sea-Tac’s Alaska Airlines reported today its paying passenger count rose by 4.4 percent last month to 1.77 million, filling 88.8 percent of the airline’s available seats.
That percentage of seats sold was 0.3 percentage points higher than in July 2011.
Those flights were likely even closer to capacity than those figures show because of non-revenue passengers such as airline employees and frequent fliers using their rewards filled other seats.
Those less empty cabins came in spite of the airline’s offering 8.3 percent more seat-miles than in July 2011. A seat-mile is one seat flown one mile.
Alaska’s sister carrier, Horizon Air, which flies shorter regional routes for Alaska, likewise reported fuller planes last month than in 2011. The airline’s load factor rose to 82.2 percent up from 80.9 percent in July last year.
Horizon, which has held the number one spot for several months in the domestic airlines’ on-time arrival competition, increased its on-time arrival percentage to 92 percent in July compared with 88 percent in July 2011.
Alaska Airlines’ on-time record slipped a bit in July to 88.6 percent on-time arrivals compared with 90.9 percent a year earlier