AMR sees improvement in leisure and premium travel

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Posted: Dec 09, 2009 12:42 PM

A top American Airlines executive says the carrier is seeing a pickup in both leisure and premium travel, at least on international routes.

Beverly Goulet, treasurer of American parent AMR Corp., says advance bookings through February are flat with a year ago. She says international bookings are up nearly 3 percent but bookings in the United States are weaker.

American and other airlines have been raising fares, including surcharges for peak travel days, and other fees. Goulet told an investor conference in New York that the strategy seems to be working.

"We are modestly encouraged by the revenue trends we're seeing," she said.