TEMPE, Ariz. — US Airways Group Inc. said on Tuesday that a key measure of
revenue rose 3 percent in January on strong traffic growth.
The airline said the gains in what it collected for each seat flown one mile
came as traffic jumped 5 percent, including both mainline flights and those on
feeder carriers. Demand for domestic and flights to Latin America each grew
almost 6 percent, offsetting a 1.2 percent traffic decline on flights across the
Flying capacity grew only 1.8 percent.
Its planes were more full because traffic rose faster than flying capacity.
Occupancy rose 2.5 percentage points to 80.7 percent. Even flights across the
Atlantic were more full, because US Airways cut capacity there by 7.9 percent,
more than offsetting the decline in traffic.