TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — US Airways says traffic and a key revenue measure rose in August, as the nation's fifth-biggest airline filled more seats during the last month of the summer-vacation season.
The airline said Thursday that revenue for every seat flown one mile rose about 5 percent last month compared with August 2012. That's a closely watched statistic that rises when planes carry more passengers and average fares are higher.
Traffic rose 5.6 percent, as passengers flew 6.47 billion miles on US Airways and its US Airways Express regional flights.
The company increased passenger-carrying capacity by 5.1 percent. Airlines usually raise capacity by adding flights or using bigger planes.
With traffic growing slightly faster than capacity, average occupancy inched higher by 0.5 percentage points, to 87.4 percent. The figures include US Airways Express.
US Airways Group Inc. announced in February that it planned to merge with American Airlines, but the federal government and six states sued to block the deal. A trial is scheduled for November.
Shares of US Airways rose 16 cents to $16.97 in morning trading. Its shares have traded in a 52-week range of $10.15 to $19.70.