The Associated Press August 10, 2010, 3:05PM ET

JetBlue: July traffic climbs on higher capacity

JetBlue Airways Corp. said Tuesday its July traffic rose 8.3 percent from a year ago, as capacity rose.

The airline said it flew 2.76 billion revenue passenger miles last month, up from 2.55 billion in the same month last year. The figure is an industry metric accounting for one paying passenger flown one mile.

Capacity rose 8.1 percent, while occupancy rose a tenth of a percent to 86.2 percent.

For the first seven months of the year, traffic rose 8.1 percent to $16.35 billion passenger miles, while capacity rose 6.1 percent. Occupancy climbed 1.4 percentage points to 80.5 percent.

Shares fell 12 cents to $6.38 in afternoon trading.

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