Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group Inc., which flies regional routes for other airlines, said Thursday its passenger traffic declined 13.9 percent in August as Delta Air Lines Inc. temporarily suspended some flying.
Mesa said its August revenue passenger miles fell to 511.5 million from 593.9 million in the same month a year ago. A revenue passenger mile is one paying passenger flown one mile.
Available seat miles, or capacity, shrunk 14.8percent to 646.9million, from 759.7 million.
Mesa's load factor, or the percentage of seats filled, rose to 79.1percent from 78.2 percent.
Mesa said Delta cut flying on 50-seat ERJ-145 aircraft, "which is expected to be progressively reinstated during September and October," the company said. Mesa also flies for US Airways and United Airlines.
For the first eight months of the year, Mesa said revenue passenger miles fell 14.3 percent to 4.06 billion.