FORT WORTH, Texas - American Airlines reported its systemwide traffic for September increased 28.9 percent over September 2001, a month during which the U.S. air traffic control system was shut down for several days due to the terrorist attacks.
The September capacity increase was 16.9 percent year over year, aided by American’s best completion factor of the year - 99.4 percent. The system load factor was 64.0 percent, an improvement of six points from a year ago.
American’s on-time performance, reported to the Department of Transportation, was 89.7 percent - also a record for the year - and was up from 78.0 percent for the first 10 days of September 2001.
International traffic was up 20.1 percent in September, while international capacity was up 10.5 percent resulting in a load factor improvement of 5.5 points. Domestic traffic was up 33.3 percent on a capacity increase of 19.6 percent producing a 6.3 point load factor improvement.
American boarded 6.9 million passengers in September, up 30.5 percent from a year ago.
Detailed traffic and capacity data are at www.amrcorp.com