SeaTac's Alaska Airlines reported its passenger traffic rose nearly 16 percent in October while its capacity rose at a slower rate.
That translated to fuller planes on Alaska’s flights during the month than during October 2009. The airline reported it filled 81.8 percent of its seats with paying passengers last month, compared with 77 percent in the same month in 2009.
The airline also reported improving its on-time performance to 88.1 percent versus 85.8 percent a year earlier.
Alaska’s regional sister airline, Horizon Air, reported a decline in passenger traffic of 3.5 percent, but its capacity dropped more quickly than its traffic – 5.5 percent – yielding fewer empty seats.
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The regional carrier reported 74.9 percent of its seats were filled in October this year compared with 73.34 percent a year ago.