Load Factor

Benzinga  Jun 9  Comment 
Virgin America Inc. (NASDAQ: VA) revealed its preliminary operational results for May 2016. The airline's load factor grew 1.9 points to 86.1 percent in May. According to the company, the number of onboard passengers witnessed 16.8 percent growth...
newratings.com  Jun 6  Comment 
LUTON (dpa-AFX) - Low-cost airline easyJet Plc (ESYJY.PK, EZJ.L) reported Monday that passengers, or the number of earned seats flown, in the month of May increased 5.7 percent to 6.86 million passengers from 6.49 million passengers in the same...
Channel News Asia  May 16  Comment 
The national carrier's operating results show that in total, the airline carried 1.57 million passengers last month, compared to 1.48 million passengers the year before - an increase of 5.8 per cent. 
Reuters  May 9  Comment 
* April rpms 1.74 billion versus 1.43 billion Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: )
Benzinga  May 9  Comment 
Virgin America Inc. (NASDAQ: VA) revealed that the load factor in April was 84 percent representing a fall of 1.4 points from the previous year month. In April last year, the airliner reported 85.4 percent passenger load factor. However, the...
SeekingAlpha  May 6  Comment 
Channel News Asia  Apr 15  Comment 
The airline carried 1.579 million passengers last month, compared to 1.546 million passengers in March 2015.
Channel News Asia  Mar 15  Comment 
Singapore Airlines carried 1.459 million passengers last month, up 5.5 per cent from 1.383 million a year ago.


Load factor is a metric used primarily in the transportation industry. A company's load factor is defined as percentage of their available seats that are filled.

Load factor = Revenue Passenger Miles (RPM) / Available Seat Miles (ASM)

Companies can determine a minimum load factor they need to meet in order to break even financially. That is, once a company meets a certain load factor the revenues from doing so will cover the costs of providing their seat capacity. If they are below this break-even load factor the company will be spending more than they are earning and will lose money.

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