America West Airlines Announces Growth Plans for 2004

America West Airlines (NYSE: AWA) announced today that it expects to grow the airline in 2004 and anticipates increasing its mainline capacity (available seat miles) by approximately 10 percent by the fourth quarter of 2004.
With our return to profitability in the second quarter and expectation for profitability in the third quarter, we are preparing to grow America West again,” said W. Douglas Parker, chairman and chief executive officer. “Our recently announced nonstop transcontinental flights and service to Costa Rica are examples of expansion opportunities for America West`s low-fare, high-quality service.”
The anticipated growth of America West`s mainline system in 2004 will be accomplished through increased fleet utilization and additional aircraft. The airline currently has plans to receive two Airbus aircraft in the fourth quarter of 2004 and is exploring the most efficient means of additional fleet expansion.
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 92 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.