Delta Air Lines Inc reported a fourth-quarter profit on Tuesday as passenger revenue rose.

The second-largest carrier behind United Continental Holdings Inc said net income came to $19 million, or 2 cents a diluted share, compared with a year-earlier loss of $25 million, or 3 cents a share. Excluding items, the company said profit was 19 cents a share.

Operating revenue rose 14 percent to $7.8 billion.

(Reporting by Karen Jacobs; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)