ATLANTA (AP) — Delta surpassed third-quarter profit expectations with strong travel demand pushing ticket prices higher.
The Atlanta carrier posted earnings of $1.31 billion, or $1.91 per share. Removing one-time charges, per-share profit was $1.80, which is six cents better than expected, according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research.READ MORE: Toyota Is Offering To Buy Back An Electric SUV Because Its Wheels Could Fall Off
Revenue was $11.95 billion, about in line with expectations.
Delta said Thursday that it took a $30 million hit from Hurricane Florence and had a $655 million fuel cost increase in the quarter, but benefited from a lower share count and changes in the tax law.READ MORE: The House Passes Democrats' Health Care And Climate Bill, Clearing Measure For Biden's Signature
Hurricane Florence caused at least 3,500 flight cancellations last month, mostly in the Carolinas. Delta said on Sept. 17 that it canceled 275 to that point and was still dealing with disruptions at two airports.
But ticket prices are up across the board, led by business and first-class tickets, where revenues increased almost 20 percent.MORE NEWS: FBI Is Investigating 'Unprecedented' Number Of Threats Against Bureau In Wake Of Mar-A-Lago Search
Shares of Delta Air Lines Inc. climbed more than 2 percent before the opening bell.