Delta Q3 passenger traffic rises 3%, load factor improves 150 bps despite Hurricane Irma

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Delta Air Lines rallied on Tuesday after the company issued better-than-expected guidance for the third quarter passenger unit revenue. Despite fall in passenger traffic in September 2017, Delta management expects passenger unit revenue to increase by 2% for the quarter ended September 2017.

In September, operations of few US-based airlines including Delta were affected by the Hurricane Irma. Bad weather conditions forced Delta to cancel 22,000 flights in the last month. As a result, the carrier reported a drop of 2.3% (on a year-on-year basis) in the number of passengers carried during September.

Passenger Traffic_Monthly

Heckyl’s alternative data platform FiND did not show any major impact of Hurricane Irma on Delta’s operational performance for the quarter ended September 2017. Our analysis showed a growth of 3% (on a y-o-y basis) in the number of passengers carried by Delta during the quarter ended September 2017.

Passenger Traffic_Qtr

At the same time, available seat miles (ASM) and revenue passenger miles (RPMs) moved up 1.66% and 3.44% respectively in the third quarter of the financial year 2017 when compared with the same period last year. As a result, Delta’s load factor improved by 150 basis points during the quarter ended September 2017.

Operating Stats_Qtr


On the whole, Delta’s impressive performance on the key operational metrics during the third quarter helped the Delta management to surprise the market with better-than-expected guidance.

Key Stats 2017

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