US Airways Reports Record October Load Factor

US Airways Group, Inc. today announced October and year-to-date 2009 traffic results. Passenger load factor for the month of October was a record 82.6 percent, up 0.7 points versus October 2008.


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US Airways President Scott Kirby said, “Our October consolidated (mainline and Express) passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) decreased approximately 10 percent versus the same period last year while total revenue per available seat mile decreased approximately 9 percent on a year-over-year basis. The revenue outlook continues to show material signs of improvement with continued strength in both close-in bookings and yields.”

For the month of October, US Airways` preliminary on-time performance as reported to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) was 82.1 percent with a completion factor of 99.2 percent.

US Airways reported that during the month of October announced the realignment of its operations to focus on the airline’s core network strengths, which include hubs in Charlotte (CLT), Philadelphia (PHL) and Phoenix (PHX), and a focus city at Washington’s National Airport (DCA).

Those four cities, as well as the airline’s popular hourly Shuttle service between New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Boston (BOS) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), will serve as the cornerstone of the airline’s network.

By the end of 2010 they will represent 99 percent of the ASMs versus roughly 93 percent today.

US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,000 flights per day and serves more than 200 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Latin America. The airline employs more than 32,000 aviation professionals worldwide and is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers its customers more than 19,000 daily flights to 1,071 airports in 171 countries. Together with its US Airways Express partners, the airline serves approximately 60 million passengers each year and operates hubs in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Phoenix, and a focus city at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. And for the eleventh consecutive year, the airline received a Diamond Award for maintenance training excellence from the Federal Aviation Administration for its Charlotte hub line maintenance facility.