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AMERICA WEST AIRLINES REPORTS DECEMBER AND FOURTH QUARTER 1993 TRAFFIC

 PHOENIX, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Phoenix-based America West Airlines (NASDAQ: AWAQC; PSE) reported its December 1993 traffic at 959.7 million revenue passenger miles (RPMs), up 6.4 percent over the same month last year. Available seat miles (ASMs) remained relatively flat during the comparable months resulting in a load factor increase of 3.6 load factor points to 64.2 percent.
 The airline also reported its fourth quarter 1993 traffic increased 12.6 percent over the same period in 1992 to 2.9 billion RPMs. ASMs remained flat at 4.4 billion producing a significant passenger load factor increase of 7.5 load factor points to 65.7 percent, compared with 58.2 percent for the fourth quarter 1992.
 Maury Myers, president and chief operating officer, said, "These healthy traffic figures demonstrate that the schedule and fare adjustments we have implemented over the past two years have had a positive impact on our operations. America West is one of only two major U.S. airlines that has posted profits in each quarter of 1993, and we expect that trend to continue when we report our fourth quarter figures later this month which should result in America West's most profitable year in its history."
 The following is a summary of America West's December, fourth quarter and year-end traffic results for 1993 and 1992:
 December December Percent
 1993 1992 change
 Passengers enplaned 1,248,956 1,206,498 3.5
 Revenue passenger miles (000) 959,685 902,167 6.4
 Available seat miles (000) 1,494,038 1,488,748 0.4
 Load factor (percent) 64.2 60.6 3.6 pts
 4th Quarter 4th Quarter Percent
 1993 1992 change
 Passengers enplaned 3,771,503 3,435,942 9.8
 Revenue passenger miles (000) 2,884,705 2,562,227 12.6
 Available seat miles (000) 4,388,611 4,402,188 (0.3)
 Load factor (percent) 65.7 58.2 7.5 pts
 Percent
 YTD 1993 YTD 1992 change
 Passengers enplaned 14,739,644 15,172,757 (2.9)
 Revenue passenger miles (000) 11,220,753 11,780,568 (4.8)
 Available seat miles (000) 17,190,489 19,271,353 (10.8)
 Load factor (percent) 65.3 61.1 4.2 pts
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 /CONTACT: Daphne Dicino, Senior Director of Corporate Communications of America West Airlines, 602-693-5729/
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