Delta's third-quarter profit fell less than expected as disruptions caused by hurricanes cost the airline less than some investors had feared. Fred Katayama reports.
Hurricanes hit Delta. The airline's quarterly profit fell six percent. It was largely due to a $120 million pretax hit from Hurricane Irma in September, which forced the airline to cancel flights. But it wasn't as bad as analysts had expected. Delta's quarterly operating revenue still rose and beat Wall Street expectations. The results drove up Delta's stock. Atmosphere Research Group's Henry Harteveldt. (SOUNDBITE) HENRY H. HARTEVELDT, PRESIDENT, ATMOSPHERE RESEARCH GROUP (ENGLISH) SAYING: "Delta announced a very good financial performance today. The revenues were up, but their profit was not as good as it was a year ago. they had a lot of challenges, including expanding competition from budget airlines, a number of hurricanes that affected key markets and their route network, and more expensive fuel and labor costs. But, overall, I think Delta did a good job." Delta is the number two U.S. carrier by passenger traffic. The airline forecasts its fourth-quarter passenger unit revenue will increase by two percent to four percent year-over-year. It's also shooting for an operating margin of between 11 percent and 13 percent.