The parent of regional carrier ExpressJet Airlines said late Monday that its traffic rose nearly 23 percent in March as capacity and occupancy both increased.
The company said it flew 813 million revenue passenger miles last month compared with 663 million in March 2009. A revenue passenger mile is an industry unit measuring one paying passenger flown one mile.
Available seat miles, or capacity, increased to 1.02 billion from 874 million in the same month a year earlier.
Load factor, or occupancy, rose to 79.4 percent from 75.9 percent.
The company operated 36,078 departures during the month under the banners of Continental Express and United Express.
Year-to-date, revenue passenger miles for the Houston carrier rose to 2.07 billion from 1.71 billion a year earlier. Available seat miles rose to 2.74 billion from 2.39 billion and occupancy increased to 79.4 percent from 71.6 percent.