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Delta Air Lines reports August 2008 Traffic

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Friday, 5 September 2008

In August 2008, Delta Air Lines international traffic increased 17.4% year over year on a 15.1% increase in capacity, and load factor increased 1.6 points. The number of international and Atlantic passengers increased 8.7% and 18.6%, respectively, versus the same period last year.

Deltas domestic traffic in August 2008 decreased 9.6% year over year on 10.6% lower capacity. Domestic load factor was 86.3%, an increase of 1 point compared to August 2007 and higher than any previous August on record for Delta. In addition, system traffic in August 2008 decreased 0.5% over August 2007 on a capacity decrease of 1.6%. Deltas system load factor increased 0.9 points compared to the same period last year. 

In August, Deltas international markets posted very strong unit revenue performance across all regions driven by robust demand and significantly higher yields year over year. These results reflect the continued strength of Deltas international expansion strategy as well as our vigilant focus on aggressive yield management said Gail Grimmett, Deltas senior vice president - Revenue Management. On the domestic side, August typically begins the slower fall season; however, the capacity reductions weve implemented have had the desired effect of improving year-over-year yields and driving solid unit revenue performance.

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