The FINANCIAL — US Airways Group, Inc. announced October and year-to-date 2012 traffic results.
Mainline revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for the month were 5.1 billion, up three percent versus October 2011. Mainline capacity was 5.9 billion available seat miles (ASMs), flat versus October 2011. Mainline passenger load factor was a record 86.2 percent for the month of October, up 2.5 points versus October 2011. "Our October consolidated (mainline and Express) passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) was up approximately three percent versus the same period last year," said US Airways' President, Scott Kirby. "I would like to commend our team of 32,000 employees for doing an exceptional job of keeping our customers, each other and our aircraft safe during Hurricane Sandy and working tirelessly to get the airline back up and running in the wake of the storm. On October 29 and 30, flight operations were halted at our Philadelphia hub, Washington D.C., Boston, New York City and other East Coast airports, resulting in nearly 4,200 total flight cancellations. Our team was well prepared, returning service within days of reopening the airports."
These hurricane-related cancellations drove an October completion factor of 95.8 percent. As reported to the U.S. Department of Transportation, US Airways' preliminary on-time performance was 83.2 percent for the month of October. As US Airways announced, the Company expects to provide an estimate of the financial impact of Hurricane Sandy in its November traffic release.
The following summarizes US Airways Group's traffic results for the month and year-to-date ended October 31, 2012 and 2011, consisting of mainline-operated flights as well as US Airways Express flights operated by wholly owned subsidiaries PSA Airlines and Piedmont Airlines.