AA Traffic Up in September

American Airlines says its September traffic rose 1.9 percent

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    AA had fuller planes in September.

    American Airlines says its September traffic rose 1.9 percent, driven by growth in both domestic and international flying. Its planes flew fuller for the month.

    American said Wednesday it flew 10.24 billion revenue passenger miles in September, or one passenger flown one mile. That was up from 10.05 billion in September 2010. Domestic traffic was up 1.7 percent to 6.12 billion revenue passenger miles, while international traffic rose 2.2 percent to 4.12 billion revenue passenger miles.

    Capacity, measured by available seat miles, rose 0.3 percent to 12.59 billion from 12.55 billion a year ago. Domestic capacity fell 1.1 percent to 7.48 billion available seat miles, while international capacity rose 2.4 percent to 5.11 billion available seat miles.

    With traffic rising faster than capacity, planes were fuller. Load factor rose 1.3 percentage points to 81.4 percent.

    For the first 10 months of the year, traffic has risen 1.5 percent to 95.82 billion revenue passenger miles. Capacity is up 1.6 percent to 116.97 billion available seat miles. Load factor has fallen 0.1 percentage points to 81.9 percent.

    Shares of American Airlines parent AMR Corp. closed at $2.45 on Wednesday.