NEW YORK, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- JetBlue Airways Corporation (Nasdaq: JBLU) reported today that its traffic in December increased 7.5 percent from December 2008, on a capacity increase of 6.6 percent.
Load factor for December 2009 was 80.0 percent, an increase of 0.6 points from December 2008. JetBlue's preliminary completion factor was 96.8 percent and its on-time (1) performance was 66.8 percent. JetBlue's preliminary passenger revenue per available seat mile for the month of December decreased three percent year over year.
JETBLUE AIRWAYS TRAFFIC RESULTS December 2009 December 2008 % Change Revenue passenger miles (000) 2,280,201 2,122,020 7.5 % Available seat miles (000) 2,848,699 2,671,710 6.6 % Load factor 80.0 % 79.4 % 0.6 pts. Revenue passengers 1,960,367 1,841,761 6.4 % Departures 18,438 17,681 4.3 % Average stage length 1,098 1,076 2.0 % Y-T-D 2009 Y-T-D 2008 % Change Revenue passenger miles (000) 25,955,397 26,070,799 (0.4)% Available seat miles (000) 32,557,502 32,442,332 0.4 % Load factor 79.7 % 80.4 % (0.7) pts. Revenue passengers 22,449,945 21,920,442 2.4 % Departures 215,526 205,389 4.9 % Average stage length 1,076 1,120 (3.9)%
(1) The U.S. Department of Transportation considers on-time arrivals to be those domestic flights arriving within 14 minutes of schedule.
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