Hawaiian Airlines Posts Dismal February Traffic Statistics

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Hawaiian Holdings, Inc .'s HA wholly owned subsidiary Hawaiian Airlines reported traffic figures for February. Traffic (measured in Revenue Passenger Miles or RPMs) increased 2.3% to 1.26 billion in the month. Available Seat Miles (ASMs) also climbed 2.8% to 1.49 billion in the period. Load factor (percentage of seats filled by passengers) contracted 30 basis points (bps) to 84.5% as traffic growth was outpaced by capacity expansion.

During the first two months of 2019, the carrier recorded a 3.6% rise in RPMs while ASMs increased 3.7%. As a result, load factor slipped 10 bps. Additionally, passenger count slid 2.3% on a year-to-date basis. It also dipped 3.3% in February.

Apart from registering disappointing traffic numbers, the stock recently suffered a decline of 10.9% on Southwest Airlines' decision to commence operations to Hawaii from Mar 17, 2019 onward. With Hawaiian Airlines largely dependent on air travel demand to Hawaii, Southwest Airlines' entry in its primary market is likely to intensify competition and in turn, hamper its performance. The carrier seems to be still burdened by this issue as shares of the company closed at $25.88 on Mar 7, down 1.2%.

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