SeaTac’s Alaska Air Group saw nearly 10 percent more passengers on its flights in February than in the same month last year, the airline holding company announced Wednesday.
Alaska Air Group, which owns both Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, reported it flew nearly 200,000 more passengers last month than in February 2014.
On a revenue seat mile basis (one paying passenger flown one mile), the airline saw a 7.9 percent jump, but capacity increased even faster, 9.4 percent, in February. The result was that the two airlines’ planes operated slightly less full last month than a year earlier.
Alaska is adding capacity by adding new, larger aircraft to its fleet and by equipping its planes with thinner seats allowing more passengers per aircraft.
Alaska filled 83.4 percent of its seats in February compared with 84.6 percent in February 2014.
Those generally positive results came despite the fact that Delta Air Lines is adding significant capacity on many of the same routes that are Alaska’s bread and butter. Delta, which is building an international hub in Seattle, is adding dozen of domestic flights to serve those new international routes from Sea-Tac.