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AMR’s American Says Air Traffic Fell 0.9% After Bankruptcy

January 06, 2012

(Updates with seating capacity in last paragraph.)

Jan. 5 (Bloomberg) -- American Airlines’ passenger traffic fell 0.9 percent in December, the first month following parent AMR Corp.’s bankruptcy filing.

Domestic traffic, measured as miles flown by paying passengers, declined 3.9 percent while international climbed 3.7 percent, the Fort Worth, Texas-based airline said in a statement today.

AMR on Nov. 29 became the last major U.S. full-service carrier to seek Chapter 11 protection, following rivals such as Delta Air Lines Inc. American has taken steps to reassure its most frequent fliers about the continuation of service since entering bankruptcy, said Robert W. Mann, president of aviation consultant R.W. Mann & Co. in Port Washington, New York.

The airline joined Delta in reporting a decline in traffic last month from a year earlier, while US Airways Group Inc. said today that traffic increased. The numbers for all three carriers exclude regional partners.

American’s capacity, or the number of available seats flown a mile, fell 1.2 percent, while the share of seats filled by paying passengers, climbed 0.2 percentage point to 81.1 percent, according to the statement.

--Editor: Niamh Ring

To contact the reporter on this story: Mary Schlangenstein in Dallas at maryc.s@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Ed Dufner at edufner@bloomberg.net


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