American unit revenues up 4% in September

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American Airlines reports that consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased 4% in September compared to a year earlier, despite on-going operational challenges.

Unit revenue would have increased by an additional 0.4 percentage points if the Fort Worth-based Oneworld carrier was not beset by numerous flight delays and cancellations since mid-September, says the airline. The operational challenges are due to a dispute with its pilots union and maintenance issues.

Consolidated traffic declined by 2.8% on a 3.4% year-on-year capacity cut during the month, as load factor grew by 0.5 percentage points to 81.1%.

International traffic grew by 3.2% on a 0.5% decrease in capacity, which resulted in a three percentage point increase in international load factor to 83.6% compared to September 2011.

Domestic traffic was down 7.1% and capacity 5.5% compared to last year, resulting in a 1.4 percentage point decrease in load factor to 80.5%.

On a year-to-date basis, consolidated passenger traffic increased 0.3% and capacity decreased 1.3% compared to the same period in 2011. The passenger load factor was up 1.4 percentage points to 82.6%.