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Allegiant Reports August 2021 Traffic

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) today reported preliminary passenger traffic results for August 2021.

"As we have transitioned from our peak summer flying season into the off-peak fall season we have seen a softening in demand," stated Drew Wells, senior vice president, revenue. "Consistent with industry trends, the increase in COVID-19 cases coupled with return to school and work for many has contributed to an increase in cancellations and a deceleration of demand. The off-peak periods continue to underperform, while peak periods remain strong, a trend that has persisted throughout the pandemic. By way of example, Labor Day weekend performed well with load factors of roughly 80 percent on peak days, consistent with levels observed in 2019."

"We expect third quarter capacity to be up roughly 13.5 percent as compared with 2019, a 4.5 percentage point reduction from initial expectations," stated Gregory Anderson, executive vice president, chief financial officer. "Although we did observe demand weakness, these reductions were driven primarily by operational challenges observed throughout the quarter. Given these capacity reductions, we have updated our guidance, which is included in the table below. We expect an increase in total operating revenue from 2019 of between 3.0 and 5.0 percent, which should yield an adjusted1 EBITDA margin between 16 and 18 percent for the third quarter. We will continue to monitor trends and tweak fourth quarter capacity accordingly but given peak-period performance, we remain encouraged about the upcoming holiday travel season."


Previous

Current

System ASMs – year over two-year change2

Up 16.0 to 20.0%

Up 13.0 to 14.0%

Total operating revenue - year over two-year change

Up 3.5 to 7.5%

Up 3.0 to 5.0%

Adjusted¹ EBITDA margin

N/A

16.0 to 18.0%

Fuel cost per gallon

$2.11

$2.19

Weighted average share count for the third quarter

17.1 million

17.8 million

Scheduled Service – Year Over Two-Year Comparison


August 2021

August 2019

Change

Passengers

1,179,414

1,241,846

(5.0%)

Revenue passenger miles (000)

1,021,613

1,047,568

(2.5%)

Available seat miles (000)

1,377,398

1,229,543

12.0%

Load factor

74.2%

85.2%

(11.0 pts)

Departures

9,451

8,768

7.8%

Average stage length (miles)

835

822

1.6%

Total System* - Year Over Two-Year Comparison


August 2021

August 2019

Change

Passengers

1,185,944

1,256,712

(5.6%)

Available seat miles (000)

1,408,554

1,306,860

7.8%

Departures

9,725

9,294

4.6%

Average stage length (miles)

830

824

0.7%

Scheduled Service – Year Over Year Comparison


August 2021

August 2020

Change

Passengers

1,179,414

633,155

86.3%

Revenue passenger miles (000)

1,021,613

540,317

89.1%

Available seat miles (000)

1,377,398

1,226,370

12.3%

Load factor

74.2%

44.1%

30.1pts

Departures

9,451

8,455

11.8%

Average stage length (miles)

835

835

(0.0%)

Total System* - Year Over Year Comparison


August 2021

August 2020

Change

Passengers

1,185,944

636,485

86.3%

Available seat miles (000)

1,408,554

1,252,758

12.4%

Departures

9,725

8,669

12.2%

Average stage length (miles)

830

833

(0.4%)

*Total system includes scheduled service and fixed fee contract.  System revenue passenger miles and system load factor are not useful statistics as system available seat miles include both ASMs flown by fixed fee flying as well as non-revenue producing repositioning flights used for operational needs.  Fixed fee flying is better measured through dollar contribution versus operational statistics.

Preliminary Financial Results


$ per gallon

August 2021 estimated average fuel cost per gallon – system

$2.18





Allegiant Travel Company

Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is an integrated travel company with an airline at its heart, focused on connecting customers with the people, places and experiences that matter most. Since 1999, Allegiant Air has linked travelers in small-to-medium cities to world-class vacation destinations with all-nonstop flights and industry-low average fares. Today, Allegiant's all-Airbus fleet serves communities across the nation, with base airfares less than half the cost of the average domestic roundtrip ticket. For more information, visit us at Allegiant.com. Media information, including photos, is available at http://gofly.us/iiFa303wrtF

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1 Adjusted to exclude COVID related special charges, the net benefit from the payroll support program, and profit sharing bonus accruals related to the benefit of the payroll support program
2 Year over two-year percentage changes compare 2021 to 2019

 

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