American Airlines passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) declined by 2.3% during November compared to a year earlier.
The Fort Worth-based carrier estimates that superstorm Sandy and a snow storm in the northeastern USA negatively impacted November revenues by about $25 million and lowered unit revenue growth by 1.5 percentage points. In addition, it took a revenue hit of about $30 million and passenger unit revenue growth decreased by another 1.8 percentage points due to a decrease in bookings as a result of operational issues in September and October.
American says that absent these events, PRASM would have grown by about 1% compared to November 2011.
Consolidated traffic rose 0.7% on a 1.9% increase in capacity in the month. The load factor fell one percentage point to 80.7%.
Domestic traffic fell 1.2% on a capacity increase of 0.6% during November. The load factor was down 1.5 percentage points to 82.8%.
International traffic grew by 4.6% on a 5.2% increase in capacity. The load factor was down 0.5 percentage points to 78.9%.