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Frontier Airlines Reports Preliminary Traffic for September 2009

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Frontier Airlines Reports Preliminary Traffic for September 2009

Frontier Airlines Reports Preliminary Traffic for September 2009

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Frontier Airlines Holdings, Inc. today announced preliminary traffic results for September 2009 for both Frontier’s mainline operation and its wholly owned subsidiary, Lynx Aviation.

Mainline Results for September 2009:

  • Revenue passenger miles decreased 0.4 percent to 709,402,000 and capacity (as measured by available seat miles) was down 0.2 percent to 858,223,000 from the same period last year. This resulted in a load factor of 82.7 percent, a decrease of 0.1 points from September 2008.
  • The airline carried 785,148 passengers, a 1.8 percent decrease from the same period last year.
  • The airline’s average length of haul increased 1.5 percent to 904 miles.

Lynx Aviation Results for September 2009:

  • Revenue passenger miles increased 27.4 percent to 41,032,000 and capacity was up 2.6 percent to 53,519,000. This resulted in a load factor for September 2009 of 76.7 percent, an increase of 14.9 points over September 2008.
  • Lynx carried 119,958 passengers, a 31.8 percent increase from September 2008.
  • The airline’s average length of haul decreased 3.4 percent to 342 miles.

Frontier estimates that mainline passenger unit revenue decreased year-over-year by 12 to 14 percent in the month of September 2009.

The following tables represent comparisons for the month of September year-over-year, fiscal year-to-date, calendar year-to-date and quarter-end traffic results for Frontier’s mainline operations and for Lynx.

Frontier Airlines Mainline Operations

    September 2009   September 2008   Increase/(Decrease)   Percent
Available Seat Miles (ASM)   858,223,000   859,920,000   (1,697,000)   (0.2%)
Revenue Passenger Miles   709,402,000   711,928,000   (2,526,000)   (0.4%)
Load Factor   82.7%   82.8%   (0.1 points)   NA
Revenue Passengers Carried   785,148   799,233   (14,085)   (1.8%)
Average Length of Haul (miles)   904   891   13   1.5%
                 
   

Quarter ended
September 2009

 

Quarter ended
September 2008

  Increase/(Decrease)   Percent
Available Seat Miles   2,728,217,000   3,047,145,000   (318,928,000)   (10.5%)
Revenue Passenger Miles   2,398,418,000   2,612,977,000   (214,559,000)   (8.2%)
Load Factor   87.9%   85.8%   2.1 points   NA
Revenue Passengers Carried   2,662,536   2,884,959   (222,423)   (7.7%)
Average Length of Haul (miles)   901   906   (5)   (0.6%)
                 
   

Fiscal Year-to-
Date 2010

 

Fiscal Year-to-
Date 2009

  Increase/(Decrease)   Percent
Available Seat Miles   5,426,088,000   6,231,435,000   (805,347,000)   (12.9%)
Revenue Passenger Miles   4,651,200,000   5,275,596,000   (624,396,000)   (11.8%)
Load Factor   85.7%   84.7%   1.0 points   NA
Revenue Passengers Carried   5,161,032   5,715,241   (554,209)   (9.7%)
Average Length of Haul (miles)   901   923   (22)   (2.4%)
                 
   

Calendar Year-
to-Date 2008

 

Calendar Year-
to-Date 2008

  Increase/(Decrease)   Percent
Available Seat Miles   8,035,685,000   9,345,862,000   (1,310,177,000)   (14.0%)
Revenue Passenger Miles   6,596,976,000   7,716,379,000   (1,119,403,000)   (14.5%)
Load Factor   82.1%   82.6%   (0.5 points)   NA
Revenue Passengers Carried   7,320,406   8,192,019   (871,613)   (10.6%)
Average Length of Haul (miles)   901   942   (41)   (4.4%)

Lynx Aviation

    September 2009   September 2008   Increase/(Decrease)   Percent
Available Seat Miles (ASM)   53,519,000   52,151,000   1,368,000   2.6%
Revenue Passenger Miles   41,032,000   32,210,000   8,822,000   27.4%
Load Factor   76.7%   61.8%   14.9 points   NA
Revenue Passengers Carried   119,958   90,992   28,966   31.8%
Average Length of Haul (miles)   342   354   (12)   (3.4%)
                 
   

Quarter ended
September 2009

 

Quarter ended
September 2008

  Increase/(Decrease)   Percent
Available Seat Miles   163,272,000   154,986,000   8,286,000   5.3%
Revenue Passenger Miles   125,784,000   104,307,000   21,477,000   20.6%
Load Factor   77.0%   67.3%   9.7 points   NA
Revenue Passengers Carried   373,270   302,678   70,592   23.3%
Average Length of Haul (miles)   337   345   (8)   (2.3%)
                 
   

Fiscal Year-to-
Date 2010

 

Fiscal Year-to-
Date 2009

  Increase/(Decrease)   Percent
Available Seat Miles   311,559,000   287,694,000   23,865,000   8.3%
Revenue Passenger Miles   216,063,000   186,431,000   29,632,000   15.9%
Load Factor   69.4%   64.8%   4.6 points   NA
Revenue Passengers Carried   638,193   537,845   100,348   18.7%
Average Length of Haul (miles)   339   347   (8)   (2.3%)
                 
   

Calendar Year-
to-Date 2009

 

Calendar Year-
to-Date 2008

  Increase/(Decrease)   Percent
Available Seat Miles   448,304,000   435,919,000   12,385,000   2.8%
Revenue Passenger Miles   289,524,000   275,986,000   13,538,000   4.9%
Load Factor   64.6%   63.3%   1.3 points   NA
Revenue Passengers Carried   851,852   740,297   111,555   15.1%
Average Length of Haul (miles)   340   373   (33)   (8.8%)

Frontier’s fiscal year begins April 1 and ends March 31.

About Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings Inc, an airline holding company that owns Chautauqua Airlines, Lynx Aviation, Midwest Airlines, Mokulele Airlines, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America. Currently in its 16th year of operations, Frontier is the second-largest carrier at Denver International Airport, employing approximately 5,000 aviation professionals. Frontier is made up of one of the youngest Airbus fleets in North America offering 24 channels of DIRECTV® service in every seatback along with a comfortable all-coach configuration. Frontier offers routes to more than 50 destinations in the U.S., Mexico and Costa Rica. In addition, Frontier and Midwest have a codeshare partnership that allows passengers of both airlines access to 70 destinations in the U.S., Mexico and Costa Rica.

For more in-depth information on Frontier Airlines and to book tickets, please visit its Web site at FrontierAirlines.com.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:

Statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements as that item is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could result in actual results differing materially from expected results and represent the Company's expectations and beliefs concerning future events based on information available to the Company as of the date of this press release. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this press release. Additional information regarding risk factors that may affect future performance at the Company are contained in the Company's SEC filings, including without limitation, the Company's Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended March 31, 2009.

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