Delta Air Lines Reports December Traffic

Delta Air Lines, now the world’s largest airline, reported December traffic results, including record load factors for its Delta and Northwest operating units. Load factors for Delta system (80.1 percent), Delta domestic (82.3 percent), and Northwest system (81.9 percent) were higher than any previous December on record.

Delta: Delta’s system traffic in December 2008 increased 0.7 percent versus December 2007 on a capacity decrease of 2.4 percent. Delta’s system load factor increased 2.4 points to 80.1 percent.

International traffic increased 9.2 percent year over year on a 13.7 percent increase in capacity, and load factor declined 3.2 points. Domestic traffic decreased 3.7 percent year over year on 10.4 percent lower capacity. Domestic load factor increased 5.7 points to 82.3 percent.

Northwest: Northwest’s system traffic in December 2008 decreased 3.6 percent on a capacity decrease of 4.5 percent. Northwest’s system load factor increased 0.7 points to 81.9 percent.

International traffic decreased 2.0 percent year over year on a 0.3 percent decrease in capacity, and load factor declined 1.4 points. Domestic traffic decreased 4.7 percent year over year on a 7.2 percent decrease in capacity, and load factor increased 2.2 points.

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