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US Airways scrapped 4,200 flights after storm

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- US Airways Group Inc. said Monday it cancelled 4,200 flights over two days last week due to Superstorm Sandy, and it will reveal the financial hit of that massive storm next month.

The storm led the Tempe, Ariz.-based airline to scrap all flights in and out of its Philadelphia hub, Washington D.C., Boston, New York City and other East Coast airports on Oct. 29 and 30.

US Airways said that per-passenger revenue rose 3 percent in October compared with the same month year. Cancellations make the flights that run on schedule fuller, as the airline fits stranded passengers on alternate flights, thereby making the system more efficient.

US Airways' occupancy rate in October rose 3.3 percent last month, partly due to fuller planes following Superstorm Sandy.

Traffic across its system rose 3 percent, as a 5 percent increase on U.S. flights was offset but declines to Europe and Latin America.

Capacity, or the number of available seats, rose 1.1 percent in the U.S. and fell both across the Atlantic and on Latin American flights.