American Airlines Reports Traffic

FORT WORTH, Texas - American Airlines reported its systemwide traffic for October increased 25.8 percent from October 2001, on a capacity increase of 8.6 percent. This is a decrease in traffic of 14.8 percent and a decrease in capacity of 12.7 percent compared to the same month in 2000. The system load factor was 68.5 percent, up 9.4 points from a year ago and down 1.7 points compared to 2000.

Due to the events of Sept. 11 last year, comparisons of 2002 versus 2001 do not provide a good historical benchmark. In order to provide a more meaningful comparison, the attached traffic results chart also includes a comparison of October 2002 with October 2000.

International traffic in October was up 36.5 percent compared to 2001 and down 20.1 percent compared to 2000. International capacity was up 8.2 percent over 2001 and down 15.2 percent versus 2000. Domestic traffic was up 22.2 percent year over year on a capacity increase of 8.8 percent. Versus 2000, domestic traffic was down 12.5 and domestic capacity was down 11.6 percent.

American’s on-time performance was 87 percent. The airline’s completion factor - the number of flights flown expressed as a percentage of the number of flights scheduled - was 99.5 percent, compared to 98.6 percent in October 2001. The company boarded 7.75 million passengers, up 18.6 percent from a year ago, and down 15.7 compared to 2000.