Revenue Passenger Miles

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Revenue Passenger Miles

A measure of consumer demand for an airline, bus, train, or other form of mass transportation. One calculates revenue seat miles by taking the number of passengers who pay for their seats and multiplying by the number of miles in the trip. Some overnight trips, especially on trains with sleeper cars, use a more complex measure. One excludes employees and others who receive free tickets from the calculation, but usually includes those who pay through a frequent flyer or a similar program. Revenue passenger miles are also called revenue seat miles.
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Capacity across the group grew by 9.8% and revenue seat miles rose by 7.0% in 2011 compared to 2010, which led to a decrease in load factor of 2 percentage points to 77.2% last year.
Revenue seat miles increased by 8.8% and available seat miles rose by 10.9% in December 2011 compared to the same month of 2010.
Traffic (revenue seat miles) for the month dropped by 6.6% compared to December 2007, while capacity (available seat miles) decreased by 9.9%, resulting in a load factor of 81.7%, an increase of 2.9 percentage points.
Revenue seat miles for the month showed a decrease of 7.8% from November 2007, while available seat miles dropped by 6.3%, resulting in a fall in load factor of 1.3 percentage points to 75.7%.
Revenue seat miles (traffic) for October showed an increase of 10.8% compared to October 2007, while available seat miles (capacity) grew by 11.2%, resulting in a drop in load factor of 0.3 percentage points at 76.3%.
Available seat miles for TAM's international operations for the third quarter 2008 showed an increase of 23.1% over the same period last year, while revenue seat miles grew by 38.1%, resulting in international load factor rising by 8.6 percentage points to 79.6%.
American Eagle reported a decrease in revenue seat miles for September 2008 of 17.2% compared to the same period last year, while available seat miles dropped by 9.9%.
From January to June 2008 SWISS recorded revenue seat miles as increasing by 12.5%, while available seat miles also increased by 12.5% from the same period last year.