FORT WORTH, Texas - American Airlines reported its systemwide traffic for November increased 8.7 percent from November 2001, on a capacity increase of 5.6 percent. This is a decrease in traffic of 18.5 percent and a decrease in capacity of 15.8 percent when compared to November 2000. The system load factor was 67.5 percent, up 1.9 points from November 2001, and down 2.3 points from November 2000.
Due to the events of Sept. 11, 2001, 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 November 2002 with November 2000.
International traffic in November was up 23.0 percent compared to 2001 and down 18.3 percent compared to 2000. International capacity was up 6.4 percent compared to 2001 and down 18.5 percent versus 2000. Domestic traffic was up 3.8 percent on a capacity increase of 5.2 percent year over year, but when compared to 2000, it was down 18.6 percent on a capacity decrease of 14.7 percent.
American’s on-time performance for November was 87.6 percent, compared to 82.7 percent a year ago. The airline’s completion factor - the number of flights flown expressed as a percentage of the number of flights scheduled - was 99.3 in November, compared to 98.7 in 2001.
This was the best November for on-time performance in recent history. The airline recorded an 89.2 percent arrival time with a 90.0 percent systemwide load factor on Sunday and only cancelled six of 9,168 flights scheduled over the four-day Thanksgiving holiday. President Gerard Arpey applauded these high numbers, noting that it took terrific teamwork on everyone’s part to accomplish such a feat.
“Even in the face of heavy loads, the airline ran as smoothly and efficiently as it has this year,” Arpey said.
The airline boarded 7.09 million passengers in November, up 2.6 percent from a year ago, but down 20.4 percent when compared to 2000.