The Associated Press July 7, 2011, 7:27PM ET

Hawaiian Airlines traffic up 14.8 percent in June

Hawaiian Airlines said on Thursday that its traffic rose 14.8 percent in June as its flying expanded.

Traffic, measured as revenue passenger miles, rose to 857.2 million, from 746.6 million in June 2010. Capacity was up by 16.3 percent to 1.01 billion available seat miles, from 869.1 million a year earlier.

Because Hawaiian added more seats than passengers, occupancy fell 1.1 percentage points, giving it a load factor of 84.8 percent.

Hawaiian didn't break out where it added capacity, but it has added several flights to Asia in the past year.

For the first half of the year, Hawaiian traffic is up 20.3 percent to 4.85 billion revenue passenger miles. Capacity is up 21.2 percent to 5.77 billion available seat miles. Load factor has fallen 0.6 percentage points to 84 percent.

Shares of the airline's parent, Hawaiian Holdings Inc., rose 18 cents, or 3.1 percent, to close at $5.95.

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