The Associated Press July 7, 2010, 2:45PM ET

Hawaiian Airlines June traffic rises 6.4 percent

Hawaiian Airlines, a unit of Hawaiian Holdings Inc., said Wednesday its traffic rose 6.4 percent last month on a similar increase in the number of available seats.

The airline, based in Honolulu, flew paying passengers 746.6 million miles in June, compared with 701.6 million a year earlier. The carrier's capacity, or number of available seats, rose by 5.3 percent to 869.1 million.

Hawaiian's load factor, or occupancy rate, rose nearly 1 percent to 85.9 percent.

In the second quarter, the carrier's traffic rose 2.7 percent to 2.1 billion revenue passenger miles. A revenue passenger mile represents one paying passenger flown one mile. Hawaiian's number of available seats rose 1.1 percent in the three month period, while its load factor rose 1.3 percentage points to 85.6 percent.

In the first six months of the year, traffic rose 0.4 percent. Capacity fell 1.4 percent, while the airline's load factor rose 1.5 percentage points to 84.6 percent.

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