SeaTac’s Alaska Air Group reported today that its Alaska Airlines unit saw passenger numbers increase by 5.1 percent in September.
The number of seat available on its flights grew by a like number, the airline said. The capacity increase is a result of Alaska’s adding slightly larger planes to its fleet.
The Puget Sound-based carrier said its passenger load factor remained at 84 percent last month. The load factor is the percentage of seats filled with paying passengers.
So far in 2012, traffic for the company is up 7.6 percent compared with the first nine months of 2011. Capacity is up by 5.5 percent, while the company’s occupancy rate is 1.7 percent higher at 86.1 percent.
Alaska Air Group shares rose 88 cents, or 2.5 percent, to $36.56 in afternoon trading.