Delta Air Lines has posted its June traffic figures, showing strong international trade but a softening domestic market.
International traffic for June was up 13.9 percent year on year on a 14.1 percent increase in capacity. However domestic traffic was down 7 per cent.
A record number of passengers flew internationally on Delta during June. The number of passengers for international, Latin America and Atlantic increased 9.3 percent, 5.1 percent and 10.6 percent, respectively, versus the same period last year.
Delta’s international load factor was 83.3 percent, flat compared to June 2007. The load factor for Latin America was 81.6 percent, higher than any previous June on record for Delta.
Delta’s system traffic, capacity and load factor in June 2008 were flat compared to June 2007. Domestic traffic in June 2008 decreased 7.0 percent year over year on a capacity decrease of 6.6 percent. Delta’s domestic load factor was 86.9 percent, flat compared to June 2007.
“Delta delivered another month of solid year-over-year gains in unit revenues,” said Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s executive vice president - Network Planning and Revenue Management.
“Importantly, the growing mix of unique international destinations that Delta’s customers value, combined with domestic capacity rationalization, provides the network balance necessary to help mitigate the financial impact of record high fuel prices.”