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December 10, 2012

AMR says passenger traffic up 0.7 percent in November

AMR Corp. said its passenger traffic in November grew slightly, up 0.7 percent for the month.

In its monthly traffic report, the Fort Worth-based carrier said its capacity was 1.9 percent higher which led to a decrease of 1.0 percentage points in its load factor for November.

Its unit revenues also decreased 2.3 percent in November and the carrier estimates that Hurricane Sandy and a November snow storm in the northeast hurt revenues by $25 million in the month.

American Airlines said operational problems in September and October, partly due to pilots filing more last-minute maintenance requests, also cost the carrier about $30 million in revenues for November travel bookings. The pilots union has said it did not engage in a work slowdown this fall.

International traffic grew 4.6 percent in November with a 5.2 percent increase in capacity while domestic traffic dropped 1.2 percent with a 0.6 percent increase in capacity.

-Andrea Ahles

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