SeaTac’s Alaska Air Group today said its February passenger traffic rose by six percent over the same month in 2012.
The airline holding company, parent of Alaska Air Lines and regional carrier Horizon Air, said its planes operated closer to capacity last month than a year earlier because the airlines’ capacity grew more slowly than their passenger traffic.
While passenger traffic measured in revenue passenger miles rose by six percent last month, capacity jumped by 4.8 percent. The result was that the airlines filled 84.8 percent of their seats with paying passengers in February 2013 compared with 83.7 percent in February 2012.
Both airlines improved their on-time performance. Alaska Airlines reported 90.6 percent of its flights were on-time last month compared with 89.5 percent a year earlier. Horizon, which flies under the Alaska name, said 92.4 percent of its flights arrived on-time compared with 92.1 percent in February 2012.