Delta Air Lines says November traffic fell 7.1 pct

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Posted: Dec 04, 2009 12:49 PM

Delta Air Lines Inc. said on Friday that its November traffic fell 7.1 percent, by far the biggest drop among the major U.S. carriers.

Delta flew 13.57 billion revenue passenger miles, or one paying passenger flown one mile, in November. The drop-off from November 2008 included an 11.2 percent drop in international traffic and a 4.6 percent drop in domestic traffic. The results include Northwest, which Delta bought last year.

By comparison, November traffic rose 1.8 percent at United Airlines and 2.9 percent at Continental. It fell 1.6 percent at US Airways and fell 0.5 percent at American, although American's figure didn't include its regional traffic. November traffic jumped 11.7 percent at Southwest Airlines.

Delta cut capacity, too. In November it had 17.06 billion available seat miles, down 8.4 percent from November 2008. Domestic capacity was down 4.2 percent.

Occupancy, called load factor, rose 1.1 percentage points to 79.6 percent.

For the first 11 months of the year, Delta traffic is down 6.7 percent, while it has cut capacity by 6.3 percent.

Delta shares rose 32 cents, or 3.4 percent, to $9.70 in afternoon trading.