United Airlines Holdings Inc stated in a regulatory filing on Wednesday that it has seen “improving operational reliability” over the course of 2022. As a result, the American carrier expects to experience a decrease in its current quarterly operational costs and an increase in capacity. The airline is currently wading through challenges such as staffing and aircraft shortages in order to tap into the booming travel demand.
Excluding fuel, United Airlines expects its Cost Per Available Seat Mile (CASM) to rise by 16% when compared to the third quarter of 2019, however, this would be a slight improvement on the 16-17% forecast that was previously given. This change was also experienced at a time of rapid inflation, when fuel, energy, and other costs surged over the short term.
The travel industry is currently going through a boom as demand returns to pre-pandemic levels. As a result, many major U.S. airlines expect the demand surge to persist in the second half of 2022. Staff and aircraft shortages, however, have pushed numerous carriers to cut flights and adjust staffing schedules as a means of avoiding flight delays and cancellations.
Shares of United Airlines gained 1.4% during pre-market trading.