US Airways PRASM flat in March

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US Airways' consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) was flat in March compared to a year earlier, largely due to the impact of US federal government budget cuts.

The Tempe, Arizona-based carrier reports a 5.2% increase in consolidated passenger traffic on a 3.3% growth in capacity in March. The load factor was up 1.6 percentage points to 85.6%.

Mainline domestic traffic grew 5.9%, Atlantic traffic decreased by 2.2% and Latin traffic rose by 8.5% resulting in an overall 5.1% increase in mainline traffic during the month.

Domestic mainline capacity grew 5%, Atlantic capacity fell 8% and Latin capacity increased 6.6% resulting in an overall 3.2% growth in mainline capacity during March.

The mainline load factor was up 1.5 percentage points to 86.1% for the month.