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AMERICA WEST AIRLINES REPORTS RECORD SEPTEMBER AND THIRD QUARTER TRAFFIC

 PHOENIX, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Phoenix-based America West Airlines (NASDAQ: AWAQC) reported a 69.5 percent load factor during the third quarter 1993, a 4.7 point increase over the same period in 1992. The Company reported quarterly revenue passenger miles at 3.0 billion and available seat miles at 4.3 billion.
 America West's September 1993 load factor of 62.4 percent was 6.5 points above the 55.9 percent reported in September 1992. The carrier reported revenue passenger miles of 884.4 million and available seat miles of 1.4 billion during the 1993 month.
 Michael J. Conway, president and chief executive officer, said, "America West's load factors for both September and the third quarter of 1993 were all-time highs in our 10-year history." He continued, "We fully expect these traffic results will translate into a very good financial quarter for the company."
 The chief executive officer concluded, "Much of our traffic improvement this year has been due to our affordable, yet rational pricing. It has created a win-win situation for both our passengers and the airline. We are pleased with our advanced bookings and expect the positive traffic trend we have experienced during 1993 to continue over the balance of the year."
 The following is a summary of America West's September, third quarter and year-to-date traffic for 1993 and 1992:
 Sept. '93 Sept. '92 Pct Change
 Passengers enplaned 1,159,508 1,097,994 5.6
 Revenue passenger miles
 (000) 884,435 838,340 5.5
 Available seat miles
 (000) 1,416,966 1,500,707 (5.6)(a)
 Load factor (pct) 62.4 55.9 6.5 pts
 Third Third
 Qtr 93 Qtr 92 Pct change
 Passengers enplaned 3,927,721 4,031,909 (2.6)
 Revenue passenger miles
 (000) 3,011,943 3,191,300 (5.6)
 Available seat miles
 (000) 4,334,261 4,922,831 (12.0)(a)
 Load factor (pct) 69.5 64.8 4.7 pts
 YTD 93 YTD 92 Pct change
 Passengers enplaned 10,968,141 11,736,815 (6.5)
 Revenue passenger miles
 (000) 8,336,048 9,218,341 (9.6)
 Available seat miles
 (000) 12,801,878 14,869,165 (13.9)(a)
 Load factor (pct) 65.1 62.0 3.1 pts
 (a) The decrease in available seat miles during comparative reporting periods is due to the fleet reduction program undertaken by the airline.
 -0- 10/12/93
 /CONTACT: Daphne Dicino, senior director of corporate communications, 602-693-5729/
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