Sea-Tac’s Alaska Air Group said Friday its passenger traffic continues to grow even faster than its relatively ambitious increases in capacity.
The airline holding company, parent of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, grew its capacity by 7.1 percent in August, but passenger traffic grew by 7.8 percent compared with August 2011.
The result was planes operating closer to capacity than in August last year. The two airlines combined filled 88.4 percent of their seats last month compared with 87.8 a year earlier.
While most major airlines are growing modestly or even shrinking their capacity, Alaska continues to grow particularly with new routes between the mainland and Hawaii and the West Coast and the East.
Alaska Airlines just last week inaugurated service from Portland to Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport. Alaska has also added Philadelphia and Fort Lauderdale to its route structure in recent months.