American Airlines announced Thursday that their traffic jumped 4.1 percent for the month of May. AA was up 10.81 billion revenue passenger miles from May 2009's 10.38 billion revenue passenger miles. A revenue passenger mile equates to one passenger flown one mile.


While total May capacity slipped 0.4 percent to 13.06 billion available seat miles from just one year prior, the airline's load factor increased to 82.8 percent from 79.1 last year.


American’s sister plane American Eagle
also saw May traffic jump by 5.8 percent, with the airline flying 728
million passengers miles, up from 688 million one year ago.


Load factor for American Eagle was up a bit to 74 percent for the month of May and 1.6 million passengers flew with AE.


Average occupancy on planes rose 3.6 points, to 82.8 percent.


Source: Dallas Business Journal

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