AirTran Says April traffic Rose 8.1 Percent

AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings,
Inc., today reported traffic for the month of April, 2010. The airline’s
revenue passenger miles (RPMs), load factor and passengers enplaned represent
new all-time company records for the month of April.


For April, traffic grew by 8.1 percent to more than 1.6 billion
RPMs and the airline’s load factor for the month was 81.9 percent. The airline
enplaned more than 2 million passengers for the month, a 4.2 percent increase
from April, 2009.

AirTran reported that the 1.64 billion revenue passenger
miles, or one passenger flown one mile, in April was up from 1.51 billion in
April 2009.

Capacity rose 6.1 percent to almost 2 billion available seat
miles, from 1.88 billion a year earlier.

Because traffic rose faster than capacity, occupancy on AirTran
planes — called load factor — rose 1.5 percentage points, to 81.9 percent.

For the first four months of the year, traffic rose 7.6 percent
to 6.03 billion revenue passenger miles. Capacity rose 6.1 percent to 7.68 billion
available seat miles. Load factor rose 1.2 percentage points to 78.5 percent.