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Alaska Air Group Reports April Traffic

SEATTLE - Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK) today reported April operational results for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines (Alaska) and Horizon Air (Horizon).

ALASKA AIRLINES

Alaska reported a 7.3 percent increase in traffic on a 2.2 percent increase in capacity, resulting in a 4.0-point increase in load factor to 82.9 percent. Alaska also reported that 90.9 percent of its flights arrived on time in April 2010, a 6.6-point increase compared to the 84.3 percent reported in April 2009.

The following table shows the operational results for April 2010 and for the first four months of 2010, compared to the prior-year periods:

2010

April2009



Change

2010

Year-to-Date2009

Change

Revenue passenger miles RPMs (in billions) 1,583


1,475 7.3%

6,055

5,653

7.1%

Available seat miles
ASMs (in billions)

1,910



1,868



2.2%



7,451



7,388



0.8%

Passenger load factor 82.9%

78.9%

4.0pts

81.3%

76.5%

4.8pts

Revenue passengers (in millions) 1,302

1,280

1.7%

4,943

4,854

1.8%

On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT 90.9%

84.3%

6.6pts

87.6%

75.5%

12.1pts


HORIZON AIR

Horizon reported a 5.9 percent increase in traffic on a 2.1 percent increase in capacity, resulting in a 2.6-point increase in load factor to 71.8 percent. Horizon also reported that 90.0 percent of its flights arrived on time in April 2010, slightly better than the 89.9 percent reported in April 2009.

The following table shows the operational results for April 2010 and for the first four months of 2010, compared to the prior-year periods:



2010

April2009



Change

2010

Year-to-Date2009

Change

RPMs (in billions) 195

184

5.9%

762

709

7.5%

ASMs (in billions)

272



267



2.1%



1,065



1,054



1.1%

Passenger load factor 71.8%

69.2%

2.6pts

71.5%

67.3%

4.2pts

Revenue passengers (in millions) 538

530

1.4%

2,122

2,077

2.2%

On-time arrivals 90.0

89.9%

0.1pts

89.1%

83.4%

5.7pts


Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together serve more than 90 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Network Carriers" in the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 and 2009 North America Airline Satisfaction StudiesSM. For reservations, visit alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at alaskaair.com/newsroom

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