Southwest Airlines Reports August Traffic

Sep 09, 2013, 08:45 ET from Southwest Airlines Co.

DALLAS, Sept. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today that the Company flew 9.2 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in August 2013, a 2.0 percent decrease from the 9.4 billion RPMs flown in August 2012.  Available seat miles (ASMs) in August 2013 increased 1.4 percent to 11.3 billion from the August 2012 level of 11.1 billion.  The August 2013 load factor was 81.3 percent, compared to 84.2 percent in August 2012.  For August 2013, passenger revenue per ASM (PRASM) is estimated to have increased approximately four percent compared to August 2012.

For the first eight months of 2013, the Company flew 70.8 billion RPMs, compared to 70.3 billion RPMs flown for the same period in 2012, an increase of 0.8 percent.  Year-to-date ASMs increased 1.6 percent to 88.3 billion from the 2012 level of 86.9 billion.  The year-to-date load factor was 80.3 percent, compared to 80.9 percent for the same period in 2012. 

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SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.

PRELIMINARY COMPARATIVE TRAFFIC STATISTICS

AUGUST

2013

2012

CHANGE

Revenue passengers carried

9,106,397

9,736,793

(6.5)%

Enplaned passengers

11,456,302

12,024,197

(4.7)%

Revenue passenger miles (000)

9,169,665

9,356,718

(2.0)%

Available seat miles (000)

11,273,299

11,118,674

1.4 %

Load factor

81.3%

84.2%

(2.9) pts

Average length of haul

1,007

961

4.8 %

Trips flown

112,448

117,128

(4.0)%

YEAR-TO-DATE

2013

2012

CHANGE

Revenue passengers carried

73,026,626

74,372,775

(1.8)%

Enplaned passengers

89,911,483

91,037,516

(1.2)%

Revenue passenger miles (000)

70,833,085

70,291,603

0.8 %

Available seat miles (000)

88,254,623

86,859,929

1.6 %

Load factor

80.3%

80.9%

(0.6) pts

Average length of haul

970

945

2.6 %

Trips flown

891,956

926,934

(3.8)%

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SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.