American reports higher traffic and capacity

American Airlines on Wednesday reported higher traffic and capacity in June from a year ago, but a slightly lower percentage of seats filled with passengers.

International traffic drove American’s system-wide traffic up 1.3 percent. (U.S. traffic fell 0.9 percent.) Its capacity increased 1.8 percent.

The Fort Worth-based airline’s load factor was 86.3 percent, which means it filled that percentage of seats with passengers. That was down from 86.8 percent a year earlier. Latin America was the only region to show an increase.

Overall, American boarded 7.7 million passengers in June.

Commuter partner American Eagle posted an 18.6 percent increase in traffic and a 16.7 percent gain in capacity. Its load factor rose 1.2 points to 78.3 percent.

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