American Eagle Airlines Reports December Traffic

American Eagle Airlines reported systemwide traffic for December increased 27.3 percent from December 2001, on a capacity increase of 16.7 percent. This is an increase in traffic of 32.1 percent on a capacity increase of 19.9 percent when compared to December 2000.

System load factor was 63 percent, up 5.2 points from December 2001, and up 5.8 points over December 2000.

American Eagle boarded 1.2 million passengers in December, up 16.6 percent from December 2001 and up 10 percent over December 2000.

Since comparisons of 2002 versus 2001 do not provide a good benchmark in the airline industry, the attached charts also include a comparison of December 2002 with December 2000. In addition, year-to-date numbers reflect the transfer of Eagle’s Miami-based flying to the Executive Airlines operation, effective Oct. 1, 2002.