America West Reports Record Traffic

America West Airlines today reported record traffic statistics for the
month of November and year-to-date 2003. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs)
for November 2003 were a record 1.7 billion, an increase of 5 percent from
November 2002. Capacity for November 2003 was 2.3 billion available seat
miles (ASMs), up 1.2 percent from November 2002. The passenger load factor
for the month of November was a record 74.0 percent vs. 71.3 in November
Year-to-date load factor was a record 76.5 percent, up three points from
2002. Year-to-date RPMs were a record 19.5 billion, a 7.3 percent increase
from 2002. Available seat miles increased 3.1 percent for the current year
to 25.5 billion.
“We are quite pleased with our Thanksgiving holiday passenger loads. In
addition, we generated a new daily unit revenue record for America West
this past Sunday, Nov. 30,” said Scott Kirby, executive vice president,
marketing and sales. “In December, we`ll offer customers additional
opportunities to take advantage of our low fares and outstanding
operational performance with the start of our nonstop transcontinental
flights between San Francisco and New York/JFK, as well as our first
flights to Costa Rica in Central America, which began Monday, Dec. 1.”

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 13,000 employees serve nearly 55,000 customers a
day in 93 destinations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica.