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METRO AIRLINES ANNOUNCES TRAFFIC

 METRO AIRLINES ANNOUNCES TRAFFIC
 DALLAS, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Metro Airlines, Inc. today announced


that traffic from its American Eagle operations at Dallas/Fort Worth in July 1992 increased over the comparable operations a year ago. From continuing operations at Dallas/Fort Worth, Metro flew 40.1 million revenue passenger miles, up 16.3 percent from 34.5 million a year ago. A revenue passenger mile is the equivalent of flying one paying passenger one mile. The company flew 50.1 million available seat miles in July 1992, down 1.0 percent from 50.6 million in July 1991. Load factor, or percentage of seats filled with paying passengers, increased to 80.2 percent from 68.2 percent a year ago. The company carried 169,840 passengers in July 1992, up 15.2 percent from 147,491 in the same month a year ago.
 J. L. Seaborn, president of Metro, noted that traffic in July 1992 produced the first monthly load factor in excess of 80 percent in the company's 25-year history. He also said that both revenue passenger miles flown and passenger boardings at the company's D/FW operations set all-time records.
 In its D/FW operations for the seven months ended July 31, 1992, Metro flew 225.8 million revenue passenger miles, up 4.2 percent from 216.7 million a year ago. Available seat miles decreased 6.1 percent to 319.0 million from 339.6 million. Load factor was 70.8 percent compared to 63.8 percent for the same period a year earlier. For the first seven months of 1992, Metro's continuing operations carried 964,551 passengers, up 4.5 percent from 923,311 a year ago.
 Metro Airlines, one of the nation's largest regional airlines, operates as American Eagle, serving 24 cities from its Dallas/Fort Worth hub.
 METRO AIRLINES, INC.
 Continuing Operations - Dallas/Fort Worth
 Percent
 Month ended July 31 1992 1991 Change
 Passengers 169,840 147,491 15.2
 Revenue passenger miles 40,126,357 34,489,209 16.3
 Available seat miles 50,051,635 50,578,813 -1.0
 Load factor (In pcts.) 80.2 68.2 12.0 pts.
 Percent
 Seven months ended July 31 1992 1991 Change
 Passengers 964,551 923,311 4.5
 Revenue passenger miles 225,810,739 216,670,885 4.2
 Available seat miles 319,024,194 339,575,498 -6.1
 Load factor (In pcts.) 70.8 63.8 7.0 pts.
 METRO AIRLINES, INC.
 Total Company Operations
 Percent
 Month ended July 31 1992 1991 Change
 Passengers 169,840 147,491 15.2
 Revenue passenger miles 40,126,357 34,489,209 16.3
 Available seat miles 50,051,635 50,578,813 -1.0
 Load factor (In pcts.) 80.2 68.2 12.0 pts.
 Percent
 Seven months ended July 31 1992 1991 Change
 Passengers 964,551 1,024,137 -5.8
 Revenue passenger miles 225,810,739 230,949,053 -2.2
 Available seat miles 319,024,194 379,522,884 -15.9
 Load factor (In pcts.) 70.8 60.9 9.9 pts.
 -0- 8/5/92
 /CONTACT: Brian Miller of Metro Airlines, 214-453-4400 or Larry Howell of Howell Communications, 214-340-9994, for Metro Airlines/ CO: Metro Airlines, Inc. ST: Texas IN: AIR SU:


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