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METRO AIRLINES ANNOUNCES APRIL TRAFFIC

 METRO AIRLINES ANNOUNCES APRIL TRAFFIC
 DALLAS, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Metro Airlines, Inc.


(NASDAQ-NMS: MAIRC), today announced that traffic from its continuing operations at Dallas/Fort Worth in April 1992 decreased slightly from a year ago.
 Metro flew 30.5 million revenue passenger miles during the month, down 2.0 percent from 31.1 million a year ago. A revenue passenger mile is the equivalent of flying one paying passenger one mile. The company flew 44.7 million available seat miles in April 1992, down 6.3 percent from 47.7 million in April 1991. Load factor, or percentage of seats filled with paying passengers, increased to 68.2 percent from 65.2 percent a year ago. The company carried 130,301 passengers in April 1992 compared to 133,252 in April 1991, a decrease of 2.2 percent.
 In its D/FW operations for the four months ended April 30, 1992, Metro flew 115.7 million revenue passenger miles compared to 115.9 million a year ago, a decrease of 0.1 percent. Available seat miles decreased 7.6 percent to 176.8 million from 191.3 million. Load factor increased to 65.4 percent from 60.6 percent for the same period a year earlier. For the first four months of 1991, Metro carried 494,262 passengers, up 0.3 percent from 492,715 a year ago.
 Metro Airlines is a regional airline which operates as American Eagle, serving 25 cities from its Dallas/Fort Worth hub.
 CONTINUING OPERATIONS -- DALLAS/FORT WORTH
 Month Ended April 30
 1992 1991 Pct. Change
 Passengers 130,301 133,252 -2.2
 Revenue passenger miles 30,473,778 31,082,250 -2.0
 Available seat miles 44,703,133 47,694,188 -6.3
 Load factor (pct) 68.2 65.2 3.0 pts.
 Four Months Ended April 30
 1992 1991 Pct. Change
 Passengers 494,262 492,715 0.3
 Revenue passenger miles 115,705,251 115,857,505 -0.1
 Available seat miles 176,796,139 191,264,276 -7.6
 Load factor (pct) 65.4 60.6 4.8 pts.
 TOTAL COMPANY OPERATIONS
 Month Ended April 30
 1992 1991 Pct. Change
 Passengers 130,301 133,252 -2.2
 Revenue passenger miles 30,473,778 31,082,250 -2.0
 Available seat miles 44,703,133 47,694,188 -6.3
 Load factor (pct) 68.2 65.2 3.0 pts.
 Four Months Ended April 30
 1992 1991 Pct. Change
 Passengers 494,262 593,541 -16.7
 Revenue passenger miles 115,705,251 130,135,673 -11.1
 Available seat miles 176,796,139 231,211,662 -23.5
 Load factor (pct) 65.4 56.3 9.1 pts.
 -0- 5/6/92
 /CONTACT: Brian Miller of Metro Airlines, 214-453-4400; or Larry Howell of Howell Communications, 214-340-9994, for Metro Airlines/
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