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US Airways July passenger revenue up 5 percent

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- A key measure of revenue at US Airways rose 5 percent in July as more people flew.

The per-seat revenue gain came as the airline saw traffic rise 6.3 percent.

President Scott Kirby said US Airways workers have been overcoming "operational challenges created by high load factors and difficult summer weather conditions."

The airline added flying capacity, which rose 4.7 percent compared to July 2012. Because traffic rose faster than flying capacity, its planes were fuller. Occupancy rose 1.4 percentage points, to 87.6 percent.

US Airways Group Inc. has been adding capacity mostly because its newest planes are slightly larger than the ones they're replacing.

For the first seven months of the year, US Airways traffic is up 5.3 percent. Flying capacity rose 3 percent. Occupancy has risen 1.8 percentage points to 84.7 percent.