America West Reports April Traffic;


America West Airlines (NYSE: AWA)
today reported traffic statistics for the month of April.  Revenue passenger
miles (RPMs) for April 2002 were 1.6 billion, down 3.9 percent from April
2001.  Capacity decreased 3.8 percent in April to 2.2 billion available seat
miles (ASMs), due to a reduction in the airline`s flight schedule in response
to decreased demand following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.  Passenger load
factor for the month was 74.8 percent compared to 74.9 percent reported in
April 2001.

“Despite the fact that the strong Easter travel period fell in March
versus April in 2001, our year-over-year traffic fell only 3.9 percent—the
smallest decline we`ve seen since last September,” said J. Scott Kirby,
executive vice president, marketing and sales.  “Furthermore, our April load
factor, which we believe will be the highest of all major airlines, is the
direct result of our new business-friendly pricing structure.  These results
are a clear indication that the new pricing initiative is improving our
revenues.”

America West Airlines, the nation`s eighth-largest carrier, serves
88 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.  America West Airlines is a
wholly owned subsidiary of America West Holdings Corporation, an aviation and
travel services company with 2001 sales of $2.1 billion.

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