Delta posts fall in August traffic

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Delta Air Lines has reported a 0.3% fall in passenger traffic for August, with the carrier's net profit in the month reduced by $15 million due to flight cancellations caused by a hurricane on the US east coast.

Delta's overall system capacity shrank by 0.8%, while the passenger load factor was 0.4 percentage points higher at 86.9%, said the SkyTeam carrier.

International passenger traffic was up 1.9%, and international capacity grew 1.8%. The load factor on international flights grew 0.1 percentage point to 87.5%.

In the domestic market, traffic grew 1.8% year-on-year while capacity declined 2.6%. The domestic passenger load factor rose 0.7 percentage point to 86.5%.

Delta cancelled more than 2,200 flights in August due to Hurricane Irene, which dragged the airline's net profit in August down by about $15 million, said Delta's president Ed Bastian.