American Airlines continues to show promising growth in passenger and load factors. In June, the airline flew 4.2 passengers compared to under one million passengers in April . Load factors were running at just 15% in April but have since bounced back to 63% in June.
In a message to American Airlines’ employees yesterday, CEO Doug Parker painted a mixed picture. While he said passenger numbers were trending in the right direction, the overall situation at American Airlines remained bleak.
“But to be clear, even with traffic trending upward, the absolute numbers behind these improvements are quite somber,” he said.
It caps a busy week at American Airlines. They’ve ‘reset’ their international flying for the next 12 months and have stirred up some controversy by booking flights to 100% capacity from Wednesday. Mr Parker is styling these changes as part of a “new way we travel.”
Airport traffic suggests worst is over for American Airlines
Despite the mixed messages from Doug Parker, hard numbers from airports around the United States suggest the worst is over for American Airlines.
At American’s busy Dallas Fort Worth hub, the airline expects some 44,000 passengers today. From a low of just 200 flights a day in and out of DFW, American Airlines will be operating 667 flights on its busiest days from July 9.