AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AAI), today reported that passenger traffic, or revenue passenger miles (RPMs), represents a record high for the month of August. For the third month in a row, the airline carried more than one million passengers in a one-month period.
Based on RPMs, traffic grew by 32.6 percent, to 689,094 million RPMs, on an increase of 19.2 percent in capacity, based on available seat miles (ASMs). August`s load factor reached 77.8 percent compared to 70.0 percent in August 2002. Year-to-date load factor was 72.6 percent, versus 69.3 percent for the same period last year. The airline also enplaned 1,116,519 passengers in the month of August, a 26.2 percent increase over August 2002.
“I want to personally thank AirTran Airways` Crew Members for providing outstanding customer service every day, a paramount element in achieving these operational results,” said President and Chief Operating Officer Robert L. Fornaro. “Our dedicated and hardworking Crew Members are integral to our continued success as we grow our airline and carry record numbers of passengers.”
AirTran Airways is one of America`s largest low-fare airlines - employing more than 5,600 professional Crew Members and operating 492 flights a day to 44 destinations. The airline`s hub is at Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport, the world`s busiest airport by passenger volume, where it is the second largest carrier operating 189 flights per day. AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings (NYSE:AAI), is the world`s largest operator of the Boeing 717 and has the youngest all-Boeing fleet of any airline. In 2004, the airline will begin taking delivery of new Boeing 737-700s. For reservations or more information, visit http://airtran.com (America Online Keyword: AirTran).
Editor`s Note: The company issues financial statements quarterly. Statements regarding the Company`s preliminary traffic data, success of the Company`s business model, continuous growth trends, strength of passenger demand and customers` response to our product are forward-looking statements and are not historical facts. Instead, they are estimates or projections involving numerous risks or uncertainties, including but not limited to, consumer demand and acceptance of services offered by the Company, the Company`s ability to maintain current cost levels, commodity prices and actions by competitors, regulatory matters and general economic conditions. The Company disclaims any obligation to update or correct any of its forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the company`s SEC filings, including but not limited to the company`s report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2002. Copies of this filing may be obtained by contacting the Company or the SEC.