SAO PAULO, Oct. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Azul S.A., "Azul", (B3: AZUL4, NYSE: AZUL), the largest airline in Brazil by number of destinations and departures, announces today its preliminary traffic results for September 2017.
Passenger traffic (RPKs) increased 15.0% compared to September 2016 on a capacity increase (ASKs) of 10.3%. As a result, load factor was 83.2%, 3.4 percentage points higher than in the same period last year.
Year-to-date load factor increased 2.5 percentage points over last year, reaching 81.8%. Domestic load factor was 80.0% and international was 90.2%.
Azul (B3: AZUL4, NYSE: AZUL), the largest airline in Brazil by number of cities served, offers 755 daily flights to 104 destinations. With a fleet of 118 aircraft and more than 10,000 crewmembers, the company has a network of 197 non-stop routes as of September 30, 2017. Among other awards, Azul was named third best airline in the world by TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice in 2017, best low cost carrier in South America for the seventh consecutive time by Skytrax in 2017, and the world's most on-time low-cost airline in 2015 by the Official Airline Guide (OAG). For more information visit www.voeazul.com.br/ir.
Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPK)
One-fare paying passenger transported one kilometer. RPK is calculated by multiplying the number of revenue passengers by the number of kilometers flown.
Available Seat Kilometers (ASK)
Number of aircraft seats multiplied by the number of kilometers flown.
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