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American Eagle's Feb. traffic soars 18.9 percent

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- American Eagle, the regional-flying affiliate of American Airlines, said Monday that passenger traffic jumped 18.9 percent in February compared with a year earlier.

Paying passengers flew 719.1 million miles last month, up from 604.7 million miles in February 2011.

Eagle increased passenger-carrying capacity by 14 percent from a year earlier. Airlines usually raise capacity by adding flights or using bigger planes.

The traffic gain pushed average occupancy to 70.2 percent, up from 67.3 percent a year earlier.

Eagle and American are owned by AMR Corp. AMR and the airlines filed for bankruptcy protection Nov. 29.