Spirit Airlines, the low-fare specialist, today reported December 2001 traffic figures. Year-to-date figures reflect an overall increase in passengers carried of 15.7 percent for a total of 447,614 passengers as compared to year 2000.
For the month of December 2001, the airline’s load factor was 60 percent and passengers carried were 220,054 for the month. Revenue Passenger Miles (RPM) decreased 16.7 percent for the month over the same time period in year 2000, but the airline remains up in this category with a 19.7 percent increase for year 2001. Available Seat Miles (ASM) were down 0.5 percent for the month as compared to December 2000, however Spirit rounded out year 2001 with an overall increase of 19.9 percent. “Year 2001 was of course challenging for the airline industry and we are pleased to report an overall increase of passengers carried and an encouraging, system-wide outlook for growth,” said Ned Homfeld, chairman and founder of Spirit Airlines.
“Spirit offers affordable air travel with convenient, friendly and reliable service,” said Homfeld. ” We anticipate a solid start to air travel in 2002 with an upward trend of load factor and continued increase of passengers carried due to the anticipated return of leisure travel for the winter months, especially to Florida and Myrtle Beach, S.C.”