Last updated: 11:00 AM ET, Fri March 13 2015

Airline Traffic Up 3 Percent in February

Airlines & Airports | Rich Thomaselli | March 13, 2015

Airline Traffic Up 3 Percent in February

Despite the obvious challenges of yet another brutal winter, overall airline traffic was up three percent in February compared to the same month in 2014.

Leading the way was the low-cost carriers.

Turns out that the airline people love to hate is also the airline they love to fly for its budget pricing. Spirit Airlines’ traffic numbers last month were up 21.3 percent in year-over-year comparison to February of 2014. Spirit carried 1.225 million passengers in the 28 days of February, up from 1.01 million last year.

Jet Blue Airways also had double-digit growth, carrying 10 percent more passengers in February than it did last year.

As for the Big Three, American Airlines had a 1.5 percent drop in trafic yet still carried more passengers than Delta or United. American had traffic of 13.3 million passengers in February, a slight drop from the 13.5 million last year.

Delta traffic grew 5.9 percent to 12.1 million from 11.5 million a year ago. United was relatively flat, flying 11.95 million passengers in February compared to 11.85 million last year, a gain of 0.9 percent.

Alaska Airlines also had a strong February with 2.1 million passengers up 7.9 percent from the 1.9 million it flew in February 2014.

Overall, the 14 domestic airlines that reported their respective traffic flew 55.67 million passengers in February, up from 55 million last year.


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