UPDATE 1-US Airways says April unit revenue rose 9 percent

Thu May 3, 2012 8:36am EDT

May 3 (Reuters) - US Airways Group Inc said on Thursday that its unit revenue had increased about 9 percent in April from a year earlier amid higher passenger traffic.

In a monthly operating statement, the airline said passenger traffic had risen 2.1 percent, while it increased its capacity -- the number of seats for sale -- by 1.6 percent.

The airline said its load factor, which is a measure of how full airplanes are, increased 0.4 percentage point to 83 percent.

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