Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL and CAL.A)
today reported a record 74.5 percent systemwide load factor for the full-year
2000, 1.2 points above the previous record set in 1999. In December 2000,
Continental Airlines reported a record systemwide load factor of 71.3 percent,
3.3 points above last year`s December load factor.
In December 2000, Continental flew 5.0 billion revenue passenger miles
(RPMs) and 7.1 billion available seat miles (ASMs), resulting in a traffic
increase of 5.0 percent and a capacity increase of 0.1 percent versus December
1999. International traffic was 1.8 billion RPMs, up 9.5 percent from
December 1999, and international capacity was 2.6 billion ASMs, down
0.3 percent from last year.
Continental Express, Continental`s wholly owned regional subsidiary,
reported its highest December load factor ever of 61.3 percent, 0.3 points
above last December`s record. Continental Express flew 251.7 million RPMs and
410.3 million ASMs in December, resulting in a traffic increase of
21.5 percent and a capacity increase of 20.7 percent versus December 1999.
Continental Express reported its second highest annual load factor of
62.2 percent, 0.4 points below last year`s record load factor.