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Hawaiian Airlines’ passenger traffic rises 7.2 percent

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Hawaiian Airlines carried more passengers in April than a year ago as it increased flights, but it filled up a lower percentage of its seats.

The state’s largest carrier transported 772,346 people last month, up 7.2 percent from 720,747 in April 2012. The airline’s load factor, or percentage of seats filled, decreased 4.6 percentage points to 77.5 percent from 82.1 percent.

Revenue passenger miles, or one paying passenger transported one mile, jumped 18.9 percent to 1 million from 882,489 while available seat miles, or one seat transported one mile, increased 25.9 percent to 1.4 million from 1.1 million.

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