United miles, empty seats rise in March

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United Airlines says passengers flew more miles in March but its planes weren’t quite as full.

The Chicago-based airline said its revenue passenger miles increased 0.7 percent to 17.47 billion miles last month compared with a year earlier. At the same time, the carrier increased capacity by 2.7 percent, mostly on international routes.

The extra seats meant United’s planes were 82.8 percent full compared with 84.4 percent a year earlier.

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