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SeaTac-based Alaska Air Group shows passenger traffic increase of 8.5 percent in April

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on May 7, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
May 7, 2013 12:43 pm
Alaska Airlines 737 -- Alaska Airlines photo
Alaska Airlines 737 — Alaska Airlines photo

Alaska Air Group, the SeaTac-based parent of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, saw its passenger traffic jump by 8.5 percent last month, the company reports.

The company’s capacity, however, grew at a slightly quicker rate than its actual passenger traffic resulting in planes that were slightly less full in April than a year earlier.  The two airlines combined filled 86.1 percent of their seats in April.

That figure compares with 86.4 percent in April 2012.

For the year through April,  Alaska’s passenger traffic was up 8.9 percent.

In a recent earnings call, Alaska said its traffic for May was trending a bit softer than previous months, but the company expected a rebound during the summer when the demand for seats is particularly strong.

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