United Airlines says November traffic fell less than 1 percent; domestic routes show weakness

Markets Associated Press

United Airlines said Monday that passenger traffic dipped slightly in November, as travel declined on its domestic flights.

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United Continental Holdings Inc. said that passengers flew 15.28 billion miles last month, down 0.3 percent from November 2013. Domestic traffic fell 3.7 percent while international travel rose 3.6 percent.

The figures, which included United Express flights, were close to American Airlines, which said November traffic dipped 0.5 percent, but trailed Southwest Airlines, which posted a 6 percent gain, and Delta, up 5 percent.

United reduced passenger-carrying capacity by 0.4 percent. The average flight was 79.9 percent full, barely changed from 79.8 percent a year earlier.

Shares of United Continental rose $1.22, or 1.9 percent, to close at $64.25. They have gained 70 percent in 2014.