PHOENIX, June 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—America West Airlines (NYSE: AWA) today reported traffic statistics for the month of May 2003. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for May 2003 were a record 1.8 billion, an increase of 6.7 percent from May 2002. Capacity increased 2.5 percent in May 2003 to a record 2.3 billion available seat miles (ASMs). The passenger load factor for the month of May was a record 78.6 percent, up 3.1 points from May 2002. America West also reported record year-to-date RPMs of 8.5 billion and a record year-to-date load factor of 73.7 percent.
“Our record breaking May traffic is a clear indication that customers appreciate our business-friendly fare structure which gives them the flexibility and affordability they deserve,” said Scott Kirby, executive vice president, sales and marketing. “Our improvement in revenue per available seat mile continues to significantly outperform the industry.”
Founded in 1983 and proudly celebrating its 20-year anniversary in 2003, America West Airlines is the nation`s second largest low-fare airline and the only carrier formed since deregulation to achieve major airline status. Today, America West serves 94 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.