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America West Reports Record October Traffic

America West Airlines today
reported record traffic statistics for October 2004. Revenue passenger
miles (RPMs) were a record 2.0 billion, an increase of 11.7 percent from
October 2003. Capacity for October 2004 was a record 2.6 billion available
seat miles (ASMs). The passenger load factor for the month of October was
a record 79.4 percent, up 1.5 points from October 2003.The airline reported a record year-to-date load factor of 77.6 percent, up
from 76.8 in 2003. Year-to-date RPMs were a record 19.5 billion, a 9.3
percent increase from 2003. ASMs increased 8.1 percent for the current
year to a record 25.1 billion.

“We are pleased to report our fourth consecutive month of record load
factors,” said Scott Kirby, executive vice president, sales and marketing.
“While our October 2004 revenue per available seat mile, or RASM, remained
below last year’s levels for the same period, we did see some improvement
relative to our RASM performance in our recently reported third quarter.”