AVIATION TRAFFIC REPORT

AVIATION TRAFFIC REPORT

AIR MIDWEST INC. flew 14.7 million revenue passenger-miles in March, 4.6 percent lower than the 15.4 million reported in March 1989. The load factor of 42.7 percent declined slightly from 42.8 percent a year earlier.

For the first three months of 1990, the Wichita, Kan.-based carrier reported 39.7 million RPMs, 3.5 percent lower than the 41.2 million in the comparable 1989 period. The load factor of 38.8 percent was 2 points lower than the 40.8 percent a year earlier.AMERICA WEST AIRLINES flew 951.8 million revenue passenger-miles in March, an increase of 35.5 percent over 695.2 million in March 1989. Load factor of 65.2 percent in March compares with 62.4 percent a year earlier.

The Phoenix-based airline reported first quarter traffic of 2.5 billion RPMs was 35.6 percent above the 1.9 billion of the year-earlier quarter. Load factor for the period was 61.9 percent, 2.1 points higher than the 59 percent of the comparable 1989 period.

BRITISH AIRWAYS flew 149 million cargo ton-miles in March, 4.9 percent above the 142 million reported in March 1989. The London-based airline also reported it flew 3.3 billion revenue passenger-miles, 10.8 percent higher than the 2.95 billion in the year earlier month. Load factor of 70.7 percent was up from 68.8 percent of March 1989.

For the fiscal year ended in March, British Airways flew 1.6 billion cargo ton-miles, 6.7 percent above the 1.5 billion recorded in the year ended March 1989. The carrier had 38.5 billion RPMs, a 7.1 percent increase over 35.9 billion in the prior year. Load factor of 71.5 percent was up from 69.6 percent of the 1989 fiscal year.

CONTINENTAL AIRLINES flew 3.3 billion revenue passenger-miles in March, 3.8 percent lower than the 3.4 billion reported in March 1989. Load factor for the month was 61.1 percent, down from 63.1 percent in the year earlier month.

For the first three months of the year, the Houston-based airline reported 9.1 billion RPMs, 0.4 percent higher than the 9 billion recorded in the comparable 1989 period. Load factor of 59.5 percent was up from 57.6 percent in the year-earlier period.

DELTA AIR LINES flew 5 billion revenue passenger-miles in March, down 4.7 percent from the 5.3 billion recorded during the same month a year ago.

Load factor for the Atlanta-based carrier in March was 61.5 percent, down

from 68.7 percent in March 1989.

For the first three months of 1990, Delta's traffic totaled 13.6 billion RPMs, virtually the same as in the year earlier period.

Load factor for the period was 57.5 percent, down from 61 percent for the first three months of last year.

HORIZON AIR, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group Inc., flew 29.7 million revenue passenger-miles in March, up 13 percent from 26.2 million flown a year earlier. The load factor for the month was 48.5 percent, compared with 52.4 percent in March 1989.

For the first three months of 1990, Horizon carried 80.4 million RPMs, 11 percent above the 72.7 million reported in the comparable 1989 period. Load factor of 48.4 percent, was down from 51.3 percent a year earlier.

MESA AIRLINES INC. flew 10.2 million revenue passenger-miles in March, 73.9 percent above the 5.9 million operated in March 1989. Load factor fell to 47.4 percent from 51.5 percent.

Farmington, N.M.-based Mesa includes Skyway Airlines in its data.

For the first three months of 1990, the carriers flew 20 million RPMs, up 29.1 percent from 15.5 million in the comparable 1989 period. Load factor of 44.7 percent was down from 48.5 percent in the first quarter of 1989.

METRO AIRLINES INC. flew 50.9 million revenue passenger-miles in March, a 68.4 percent increase from 30.2 million in March 1989. Load factor increased to 6.3 percent to 53.1 percent from March 1989.

For the first three months of 1990, Dallas-based Metro flew 135.8 million RPMs, a 48.6 percent increase from 91.4 million a year earlier. Load factor for the first three months of 1990 increased to 50.4 percent from 47.6 percent last year.

NORTHWEST AIRLINES operated 165 million cargo ton-miles in March, down 2.3 percent from the 168.9 million in the year-earlier month.

Revenue passenger-miles in March were 4.27 billion, 16.9 percent higher than the 3.65 billion in March 1989. Load factor of 67.2 percent was up from March 1989 figure of 66.2 percent.

For the first three months of 1990, Northwest cargo ton-miles were up 1.4 percent to 437.1 million from 430.9 million in the comparable 1989 period.