American, Southwest fly fewer passengers in February

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Passenger traffic at North Texas' two airlines fell in February as both American Airlines and Southwest Airlines cut capacity in their networks.

AMR Corp. said consolidated passenger traffic at American Airlines and the regional carrier, American Eagle, dropped 1.1 percent as the Fort Worth-based carrier cut capacity by 4.4 percent.

With fewer flights, AMR said its load factor rose 2.6 percentage points to 77.9 percent, a record for the month of February.

Most of the capacity cuts came domestically, declining 5 percent nationwide. Passenger traffic declined 1.3 percent compared to February 2012.

International traffic decreased slightly to 0.8 percent with capacity down 3.8 percent in February.

Unit revenues at AMR increased an estimated 4.7 percent compared to the same period last year.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines said passenger traffic declined 2.3 percent in February and capacity by 3.1 percent.

The airline said its load factor rose slightly, up 0.6 percentage points to 75.2 percent compared to February 2012.

Unit revenues increased about 2 percent when compared to the same period last year, Southwest said.

Andrea Ahles, 817-390-7631

Twitter: @Sky_Talk

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