I know...it's hardly news anymore, but AirTran traffic grew for January 2003 by 41%, on increased capacity of 39.8%, with an increased load factor of 63.4% vs. 62.8% compared to January 2002...
( BW)(FL-AIRTRAN-AIRWAYS)(AAI) AirTran Airways Reports Record Traffic For January 2003
ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 3, 2003--AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc., (NYSE:AAI) today reported record traffic results for the month of January 2003.
AirTran Airways' traffic, measured by revenue passenger miles (RPMs), increased by 41.0 percent for the month of January 2003 versus the prior year on 39.8 percent more capacity, measured by available seat miles (ASMs), resulting in a load factor of 63.4 percent, compared to 62.8 percent for January 2002. The airline enplaned a record 813,541 passengers in the month of January 2003, a 27.6 percent increase from January 2002.
"We are very pleased with our continued strong traffic growth," states Kevin Healy, vice president of planning and sales.
AIRTRAN AIRWAYS JANUARY 2003 TRAFFIC
January 2003 January 2002 Change
Revenue Passenger Miles (000) 496,850 352,354 41.0%
Available Seat Miles (000) 783,900 560,627 39.8%
Load Factor 63.4% 62.8% 0.6 points
Passengers Enplaned 813,541 637,787 27.6%
AirTran Airways is America's second-largest low-fare airline - employing 5,000 professional Crew Members and serving 420 flights a day to 41 destinations. The airline never requires a roundtrip purchase or Saturday night stay, and offers an affordable Business Class, assigned seating, easy online booking and check-in, the A-Plus Rewards frequent flier program, and the A2B corporate travel program. AirTran Airways also is a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc., (NYSE:AAI), and the world's largest operator of the Boeing 717, the most modern, environmentally friendly aircraft in its class. For more information and reservations, visit airtran.com (America Online Keyword: AirTran), call AirTran Airways at 800-AIRTRAN (800-247-8726) or 770-994-8258 (in Atlanta) or your travel agent.
Editor's Note: The company's revenue figures are released quarterly. Statements regarding the Company's preliminary traffic data, success of the Company's business model, continuous growth trends, strength of passenger demand and customers' response to our product are forward-looking statements and are not historical facts. Instead, they are estimates or projections involving numerous risks or uncertainties, including but not limited to, consumer demand and acceptance of services offered by the Company, the Company's ability to maintain current cost levels, commodity prices and actions by competitors, regulatory matters and general economic conditions. The Company disclaims any obligation to update or correct any of its forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the company's SEC filings, including but not limited to the company's report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2001. Copies of this filing may be obtained by contacting the Company or the SEC.
CONTACT: AirTran Airways, Orlando
Tad Hutcheson, 407/251-5578