America West Reports Record February Traffic

  America West Airlines today reported traffic statistics for the month of
February and year-to-date 2004. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for
February 2004 were a record 1.7 billion, an increase of 12.7 percent from
February 2003. Capacity for February 2004 was a record 2.3 billion
available seat miles (ASMs), up 11.1 percent from February 2003. The
passenger load factor for the month of February was a record 71.8 percent
versus 70.8 percent in February 2003.
“Although our year-over-year unit revenues were slightly down, we continue
to post record load factors and experience demand growth that surpasses
our capacity growth,” said Scott Kirby, executive vice president,
marketing and sales. “Monday we inaugurated our fourth point-to-point
transcontinental route between San Francisco and Boston. We’re excited
about this growth plan given the appeal of our simplified fare structure
and the popularity of the new first class fare restructure that we
recently put into place.”