Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Delta Air Lines Reports April Traffic

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today (May 5, 2008) reported traffic results for April 2008. System traffic in April 2008 increased 2.5 percent over April 2007 with a capacity increase of 2.7 percent. Delta’s system load factor was 81.4 percent in April 2008, consistent with the same period last year.

International traffic remained strong in April 2008, increasing 16.5 percent year over year on a 16.5 percent increase in capacity. Domestic traffic in April 2008 decreased 3.7 percent year over year on a capacity decrease of 3.8 percent.

A record number of passengers flew internationally on Delta during the month of April. The number of international, Atlantic and Pacific passengers increased 9.8 percent, 16.0 percent and 111.5 percent, respectively, versus the same period last year.

“Delta’s efforts to combat high fuel prices – including international growth, domestic capacity rationalization, and aggressive yield management – are the driving forces behind our trend of monthly unit revenue increases. With unique markets and improved products differentiating Delta from our global competitors, we saw another month of strong international unit revenue performance on top of a double digit capacity increase,” said Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s executive vice president -- Network Planning and Revenue Management. “Our Cargo business also contributed significantly to top line improvement with nearly 50 percent year-over year revenue growth in April.”

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