Allegiant Reports March 2015 Traffic

LAS VEGAS, April 7, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Allegiant Travel Company (Nasdaq:ALGT) today reported preliminary passenger traffic results for March 2015.

"First quarter costs trended better than expected," stated Scott Sheldon, CFO and senior vice president of Allegiant Travel Company. "Due to the low cost fuel environment and improved availability of pilots, we were able to add more growth in the quarter than we originally expected. In addition, we saw some maintenance events move to later in the year versus what we had planned," concluded Sheldon.

Scheduled Service
Mar 2015 Mar 2014 Change
Passengers 930,085 850,775 9.3%
Revenue passenger miles (000) 908,058 864,396 5.1%
Available seat miles (000) 1,012,030 949,559 6.6%
Load factor 89.7% 91.0% (1.3) pts
Departures 6,267 5,616 11.6%
Average stage length (miles) 949 987 (3.9%)
1Q15 1Q14 Change
Passengers 2,223,073 2,045,028 8.7%
Revenue passenger miles (000) 2,163,618 2,059,188 5.1%
Available seat miles (000) 2,457,705 2,327,935 5.6%
Load factor 88.0% 88.5% (0.5) pts
Departures 15,321 13,935 9.9%
Average stage length (miles) 943 977 (3.5%)
Total System*
Mar 2015 Mar 2014 Change
Passengers 941,830 861,110 9.4%
Revenue passenger miles (000) 918,701 873,097 5.2%
Available seat miles (000) 1,035,579 967,230 7.1%
Load factor 88.7% 90.3% (1.6) pts
Departures 6,511 5,793 12.4%
Average stage length (miles) 936 976 (4.1%)
1Q15 1Q14 Change
Passengers 2,256,235 2,072,720 8.9%
Revenue passenger miles (000) 2,191,468 2,081,501 5.3%
Available seat miles (000) 2,526,031 2,381,139 6.1%
Load factor 86.8% 87.4% (0.6) pts
Departures 15,987 14,501 10.2%
Average stage length (miles) 929 960 (3.2%)
*Total system includes scheduled service and fixed fee contract.
Preliminary Financial Results
Feb 2015 actual year-over-year
Scheduled revenue per scheduled ASM (PRASM) change (6.6%)
Feb 2015 actual year-over-year
Scheduled total revenue per scheduled ASM (TRASM) change 0.5%
Mar 2015 estimated year-over-year PRASM change (9.2%) to (8.8%)
Mar 2015 estimated year-over-year TRASM change (2.4%) to (2.0%)
1Q15 estimated year-over-year PRASM change (7.1%) to (6.7%)
1Q15 estimated year-over-year TRASM change (0.4%) to 0.0%
$ per gallon
Mar 2015 estimated average fuel cost per gallon – system $1.99
Mar 2015 estimated average fuel cost per gallon – scheduled $2.01
$ per gallon
1Q15 estimated average fuel cost per gallon – system $1.93
1Q15 estimated average fuel cost per gallon – scheduled $1.96
Capacity guidance, subject to revision Year over Year Growth
Departures ASMs
April 2015
Scheduled +18% +16%
2nd Quarter 2015
System +16 to 20% +16 to 20%
Scheduled +16 to 20% +16 to 20%
3rd Quarter 2015
System +23 to 27% +21 to 25%
Scheduled +23 to 27% +21 to 25%
ASMs – Available seat miles
Cost and revenue guidance, subject to revision
Cost guidance
1st Quarter 2015
Cost per available seat mile excluding fuel (CASM-ex fuel) – year over year change 4.8 to 5.2%
Fixed fee and other revenue guidance
1st Quarter 2015
Fixed fee revenue and other revenue (millions) $11.5 to $12.5

Allegiant, Travel is our deal.®

Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (Nasdaq:ALGT) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. The company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms, rental cars, and attraction tickets. All can be purchased through the company website, Allegiant.com. The company has been named one of America's 100 Best Small Companies by Forbes Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2014, AVIATION WEEK ranked Allegiant the Top-Performing Airline in North America for the third consecutive year. For downloadable press kit, including photos, visit: http://gofly.us/FiYDS.


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