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Airline’s revenue up despite fewer fliers

United has been helped by falling fuel costs.

Associated Press

United has been helped by falling fuel costs.

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United Continental Holdings Inc. said passenger traffic was lower in August, but the airline took in more revenue. United’s consolidated traffic decreased 0.5 percent to 19.5 million passenger miles, compared with a year earlier. Still, the airline’s passenger revenue per available seat mile — a key measure of performance — increased an estimated 3.5 percent to 4.5 percent. United has been helped lately by falling fuel costs, while fees for baggage, roomier seats, and other extras have helped it bring in more revenue.

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