Thursday, July 01, 2010
Summer's Here and Airlines Are Packing 'Em In
Not to pick on Continental, the subject of the previous post on how airlines are lousing up elite status benefits. Continental is actually one of my favorite airlines, all things considered.
(Which is sort of like saying the flu is one of my favorite diseases ... all things considered.)
Anyway, Continental, which is always the first airline to report monthly operating statistics, says today that its mainline domestic load factor for June was 88.2 percent, a record. Load factor is the average of available seats occupied.
At over 80 percent, the general rule of thumb is most flights are operating full.
Let's see how the rest of the domestic airlines come in for June. For well over a year now, domestic airlines have been running at load factors well in excess of 80 percent.