United Airlines has reported a $508 million operating profit in the third quarter, more than double that of a year earlier.
Operating revenue was up 3.2% to $10.2 billion and operating expenses were up just 0.1% to $9.72 billion during the period.
Net profit was $379 million after $211 million in special items.
Passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) rose 2.7% to 13.71 cents while costs per available seat mile (CASM) excluding fuel, special items and third-party business expenses increased 6.5% to 9.29 cents.
Chicago-based United paid an average of $3.12 per gallon for jet fuel, including all hedges.
Traffic fell 0.3% on a 1.1% decrease in capacity, which resulted in a 0.7 percentage point increase in load factor to 85.9%.