PRNewswire-FirstCall PHOENIX Nov. 4 :
America West Airlines today reported traffic statistics for October 2003.
Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) were a record 1.8 billion, an increase of
2.4 percent from October 2002. Capacity for October 2003 was 2.3 billion
available seat miles (ASMs). The passenger load factor for the month of
October was a record 77.8 percent, up 3.9 points from October 2002.
The airline reported a record year-to-date load factor of 76.8 percent, up
3.0 points from 2002. Year-to-date RPMs were a record 17.8 billion, a 7.5
percent increase from 2002. ASMs increased 3.3 percent for the current
year to a record 23.2 billion.
“With our seventh consecutive month of record passenger loads and
continued strong unit revenue performance, we have further confirmation
that the time is right for America West to implement growth plans and
capitalize on growing consumer demand for low-fare service,” said Scott
Kirby, executive vice president, sales and marketing. “A growing number of
customers are realizing that America West`s service is right on par with
the high-cost carriers, but our business fares are a fraction of the
price. With our increased operations at our Las Vegas hub, which will
begin in early January 2004, and new nonstop, transcontinental operations
between Los Angeles and New York and Los Angeles and Boston, which began
last week, we look forward to bringing our low fares to more customers
across the country.”
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. America West`s 12,000 employees serve nearly 55,000 customers a
day in 92 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.