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Traffic drops in August for United Airlines

Chicago-based carrier United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) said that its August 2013 consolidated traffic (revenue passenger miles) decreased 0.5% and consolidated capacity (available seat miles) decreased 1.4 % versus August 2012.

UAL´s August 2013 consolidated load factor increased 0.8 points compared to August 2012.

The carrier said that its August 2013 consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased an estimated 3.5 to 4.5% compared to August 2012. Weakness in the Pacific entity, primarily driven by the yen depreciation, reduced consolidated PRASM by approximately one % age point in August.

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,341 flights a day to more than 360 airports across six continents. In 2012, United and United Express carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and operated nearly 2m flights carrying 140m customers.

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