PENDLETON - Paid boardings on Horizon Air flights from the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport are down more than 800 from comparable figures in 2003.

The airline boarded 663 ticket holders in August, down from 674 in August 2003.

So far this year, Horizon has boarded 5,003 paying customers, down from 5,827, or about 14 percent from the first eight months of 2003.

Today, Horizon adds a third daily flight between Pendleton and Portland, but its two daily flights between Pendleton and Seattle ended yesterday.

Systemwide, Horizon's August traffic increased 25.4 percent to 211.4 million revenue passenger miles from 168.6 million flown a year earlier. Capacity for August was 284.2 million available seat miles, 16.1 percent higher than last year's 244.9 million.

The passenger load factor for the month was 74.4 percent, compared to 68.8 percent last August. The airline carried 577,500 passengers compared to 490,500 in August 2003.

Revenue passenger miles for the eight-month period totaled 1.41 billion, a 29-percent increase from the 1.093 billion recorded a year earlier. Capacity for the eight months ended August 2004 increased 18.1 percent to 2.053 billion ASMs compared to 1.738 billion in 2003.

The passenger load factor for the first eight months of 2004 was 68.7 percent, compared to 62.9 percent in 2003. The airline carried 3,864,100 passengers, compared to 3,268,500 in 2003.

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