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American Airlines: Nov. passenger revenue up 1 pct

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- American Airlines said on Friday that its November passenger revenue rose slightly compared to a year earlier, when airlines were canceling flights because of Superstorm Sandy.

American said per-seat passenger revenue was up 1 percent for the month. A year earlier, American reported a revenue decline because of Sandy.

The airline's traffic fell 1.1 percent in November, with a 3.6 percent drop in domestic traffic offsetting a 1.9 percent gain internationally. Other airlines have noted that the Sunday after Thanksgiving fell in December this year, meaning many travelers made their return trip in the current month instead of in November.

Flying capacity rose 1.8 percent.

Because American added seats even as traffic fell, occupancy dropped 2.3 percentage points to 78.4 percent.

Through the first 11 months of the year, American traffic is up 1.4 percent. Flying capacity is up 1.3 percent. Occupancy has risen 0.1 percent.

American parent AMR Corp. is set to close its merger with US Airways Group Inc. on Monday.