CHICAGO – United Continental Holdings Inc. reported Thursday that passenger traffic in September dipped 0.2 percent, with most of the decline on its United Express regional flights.
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Passengers on United and United Express flew 16.63 billion miles last month. International traffic rose less than 1 percent, while domestic traffic declined by a similar amount, including 0.9 percent on United Express.
The company shrank passenger-carrying capacity by 0.4 percent in September. Airlines can reduce capacity by flying fewer flights or using smaller aircraft. The average flight was 82.9 percent full, up from 82.7 percent a year earlier.
The airline's shares fell $1.66, or 3.7 percent, to $43.83. In after-hours trading, they were up 89 cents, or 2 percent, to $44.72.