Continental records strong unit revenue performance in August

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Continental Airlines continues to post double-digit gains in monthly unit revenue, recording a year-over-year increase in consolidated and mainline revenues during August of 18%-19%.

In July, consolidated unit revenues increased 21.2%, while mainline unit revenues rose 21.9%.

Continental also reported a consolidated load factor of 86.5% in August, a record for the month, and 0.7 percentage points higher than a year ago. Traffic for the month decreased 0.4% on a 1.1% reduction in capacity.

Load factor on domestic mainline flights decreased 0.4 percentage points, to 88.4%, resulting from a 2.1% capacity cut paired with a 2.6% decrease in traffic. International mainline load factor increased 1.5 percentage points, to 86.1%.

Continental's Pacific routes saw the strongest load factor gain, a 5.3 percentage point increase to 85.5% due to a 7.5% year-over-year traffic increase on a 0.9% capacity boost. Transatlantic load factor for the month was 87.9%, a 0.7 point increase, as traffic rose 3.5% while capacity increased 2.7%. Load factors on Latin American flights decreased 0.1 points, to 83%, as the carrier's 7% capacity reduction was less than a 7.1% decrease in traffic

Meanwhile, load factor for Continental's regional operations rose 1.3 percentage points year-over-year to 80.5%, as traffic increased 2% on a 0.3% rise in capacity.