FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines said Monday that passenger traffic and a key revenue figure rose in August compared with last summer in a sign of continuing solid demand for air travel.
American said that passenger revenue for every seat flown one mile rose 3 percent compared with August 2012. That figure rises if airlines sell more tickets at high prices and fewer at discounted sale fares.
The American increase, which also included the American Eagle regional carrier, was slightly below increases at United, Delta, Southwest and US Airways but still set a company record for the month of August.
American and Eagle reported that traffic rose 3.2 percent, as passengers flew 12.75 billion miles last month, up from 12.36 billion in August 2012. International traffic rose 6.7 percent as more people flew to Asia and Latin America, while traffic within the U.S. grew just 0.8 percent.
Combined, American and Eagle increased capacity by 4.2 percent, with most of the growth on international routes. Airlines raise capacity by adding flights or using bigger planes that hold more passengers.
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