Load Factor

SeekingAlpha  Aug 10  Comment 
MarketWatch  Aug 9  Comment 
Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. fell 0.9% in premarket trade Wednesday, after the air carrier said July load factor declined as capacity growth outpaced a traffic increase. The company said traffic for the month rose 0.8% from a year ago...
MarketWatch  Jul 13  Comment 
JetBlue Airways Corp. said Thursday its June load factor declined to 85.5% from 86.2%, capacity growth outpaced traffic growth. Capacity for the month increased 4.0% to 4.77 billion available seat miles while traffic rose 3.2% to 4.08 billion...
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MarketWatch  Jun 9  Comment 
Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. rose 0.5% in premarket trade Friday, after the air carrier reported May load factor that increased, as traffic growth outpaced a rise in capacity. Load factor increased to 82.1% from 81.9% a year ago, while...
MarketWatch  Jun 7  Comment 
Shares of United Continental Holdings Inc. slumped 1.5% in premarket trade Wednesday, after the air carrier reported May load factor declined to 81.6% from 82.5% a year ago, as capacity growth of 3.7% outpaced the 2.6% increase in traffic. The...


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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