U.S. Airlines See March Traffic Jump

Despite decline in its flying capacity, American Airlines’ traffic increased 2.5 percent in March over the same month in 2009. And while American doesn’t estimate revenues in its monthly traffic, US Airways said Monday that its March passenger unit revenues soared
18 percent over a year earlier.


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American Airlines Inc. said Monday its traffic increased 2.5
percent in March over the same month in 2009, despite a 0.7 percent decline in
its flying capacity.

The carrier said its load factor, or percentage of seats filled,
jumped 2.6 percentage points to 81.7 percent.

Its traffic increased 1.8 percent on North American routes, 2.5
percent on routes across the Atlantic, 4.3 percent to Latin American and 6.1
percent across the Pacific.

Its regional affiliate, American Eagle, said its traffic climbed
3.3 percent over March 2009, with capacity up a little bit more, 3.4 percent.
Its load factor was down only slightly, to 71.88 percent compared to 71.93
percent a year earlier.

While American doesn’t estimate revenues in its monthly traffic,
US Airways Inc. said Monday that its passenger unit revenues soared 18 percent
over a year earlier. Unit revenue is revenue per available seat mile flown.

In addition, US Airways said its total unit revenues jumped 20
percent over March 2009.