United consolidated traffic, capacity increase 2.6% in December 2016

United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) reported December 2016 consolidated traffic (revenue passenger miles) increased 2.6 percent and consolidated capacity (available seat miles) increased 2.6 percent versus December 2015, the airline said.

UAL´s December 2016 consolidated load factor increased 0.1 points compared to December 2015.

The company now expects fourth-quarter 2016 consolidated passenger unit revenue to decline 1.25 to 1.75 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. The improvement from revised guidance provided on December 8 is due to stronger than expected close-in bookings and yields during the month of December.

United Airlines and United Express operate more than 4,500 flights a day to 339 airports across five continents. In 2016, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 143 million customers. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 192 countries via 28 member airlines.