load factor


Definition of load factor

: the percentage of available seats paid for and occupied in an aircraft

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Recent Examples on the Web SpiceJet, which had a passenger load factor of 90.9 percent in January, announced 12 new domestic flights on Tuesday. Washington Post, "This Indian Airline Rescue Is Touch-and-Go," 20 Feb. 2019 The Cleveland-to-Phoenix route had a load factor of 90 percent in February 2019. Susan Glaser, cleveland.com, "Southwest Airlines reduces Cleveland-to-Phoenix route to weekends only in January," 19 Aug. 2019 However, Sumers said the load factor between San Antonio and Las Vegas would be higher if only weekend flights were taken into consideration. Randy Diamond, ExpressNews.com, "Viva Las Vegas: four airlines now compete to take you to Sin City," 10 Sep. 2019 The load factor from Miami fluctuated, but ended near the peak of 85.3% in November. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Competition for Cuba flights sparks airline row," 9 Mar. 2018 During those three years, the average U.S. airline passenger load factor was between 60.3% and 62.4%; in 2017 the average load was 83.5% (and 84.6% domestically). Bill Mcgee, USA TODAY, "Is it time to update airplane evacuation tests?," 28 Mar. 2018 Emirates’ load factor, a measure of seats sold per plane, is roughly 78%, compared with the industry average of more than 80%. Nicolas Parasie, WSJ, "Chateau Margaux for Seat 2A: Emirates Rewrites Rules for Airlines," 12 July 2018 The average load factor was 81.4% worldwide, a record that represented a 0.9-point gain from the previous year, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a trade group representing 280 airlines. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Airlines set record filling seats on planes in 2017," 1 Feb. 2018 Spirit's load factor, the percentage of seats filled on an average flight, at Akron-Canton was 77.3 percent in 2017, according to U.S. Department of Transportation figures. Susan Glaser, cleveland.com, "Spirit Airlines cutting routes at Akron-Canton Airport; only Orlando remains," 29 Mar. 2018

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1943, in the meaning defined above

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28 Nov 2019

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“Load factor.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/load%20factor. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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