American unit revenues up 4.7% in July

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American Airlines reports that consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased by 4.7% in July compared to a year earlier, driven by improving yields and strong market demand.

The carrier's consolidated traffic and capacity were each down by 2.2% year-on-year, as load factor remained flat at 87% for the month.

International traffic was down 1.4% on a 1.9% decrease in capacity, which resulted in an international load factor of 87.1% or an increase of 0.5 percentage points compared to July 2011.

Domestic traffic and capacity were down 2.9% and 2.6%, respectively, as load factor decreased 0.3 percentage points to 88.2%.

On a year-to-date basis, consolidated passenger traffic increased 0.8% and capacity decreased 1% compared to the same period in 2011. The passenger load factor is up 1.5 percentage points to 82.3%.