April 26, 2017 / 10:26 AM / 5 months ago

Alaska Air profit falls 46.2 percent

(Reuters) - Alaska Air Group Inc (ALK.N), the fifth largest U.S. carrier, reported a 46.2 percent fall in quarterly profit as its operating expenses swelled and average fares declined.

Net income fell to $99 million, or 79 cents per share, in the first quarter ended March 31, from $184 million, or $1.46 per share, a year earlier. Excluding items, the company earned $1.05 cents per share.

Passenger unit revenue, which compares sales to how many seats an airline flies and how far it flies them, fell 4.9 percent.

Total operating revenue rose 29.8 percent to $1.75 billion.

(This story was refiled to correct dateline.)

Reporting by Arunima Banerjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur

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