American posts 1% fall in December traffic

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American Airlines has posted a 0.9% decline in traffic in December 2011.

Capacity was down 1.2%, and the passenger load factor grew 0.2 percentage point to 80.8%, said the Oneworld carrier.

Domestic traffic declined 3.9%, while international traffic rose 3.7%. Domestic capacity decreased 4.2%, while international capacity grew 3.4%.

On a full-year basis, systemwide traffic grew 0.8%. Domestic traffic fell 1.3% and international traffic rose 4.1%. Overall capacity grew 0.7% year-on-year, said American. Domestic capacity was down 1.6% and international capacity grew 4.3%.

The systemwide load factor grew 0.1 percentage point to 82%. The domestic load factor inched up 0.3 percentage point to 83.2% and the international load factor declined 0.2 percentage point to 80.1%.

American's regional subsidiary American Eagle posted a 8.8% growth in traffic in December. Capacity was up 9% year-on-year while the load factor fell 0.2 percentage point to 72.2%.

For the full year, American Eagle reported a 12.9% growth in passenger traffic. Capacity grew 11.7% and the load factor was up 0.8 percentage point to 73.2%.