United traffic up 2.7% in February

United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) reported February 2016 consolidated traffic (revenue passenger miles) increased 2.7 percent and consolidated capacity (available seat miles) increased 6.0 percent versus February 2015.

Excluding the impact of leap year, consolidated traffic decreased 1.0 percent and consolidated capacity increased 2.2 percent year-over-year. UAL´s February 2016 consolidated load factor decreased 2.5 points compared to February 2015.

The company continues to expect first-quarter 2016 consolidated passenger unit revenue to decline 6 to 8 percent compared to the first quarter of 2015, with the decline driven largely by a strong US dollar, lower surcharges, travel reductions from customers impacted by declining oil prices and softening domestic and international yields.

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of nearly 5,000 flights a day to 342 airports across six continents. Approximately 84,000 United employees reside in every US state and in countries around the world.