Southwest Airlines Reports February Traffic

Mar 08, 2016, 06:30 ET from Southwest Airlines Co.

DALLAS, March 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) (the "Company") today reported its February and year-to-date preliminary traffic statistics. The Company flew 8.6 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in February 2016, an increase of 13.5 percent from the 7.6 billion RPMs flown in February 2015. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 14.7 percent to 10.9 billion in February 2016, compared with February 2015 ASMs of 9.5 billion. The February 2016 load factor was 79.0 percent, compared with 79.9 percent in February 2015. Based on these results and current trends, the Company continues to expect its first quarter 2016 operating revenue per ASM (RASM) to be in line with first quarter 2015.

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Preliminary Comparative Traffic Statistics


FEBRUARY


2016


2015


Change

Revenue passengers carried

8,761,811


7,865,619


11.4%

Enplaned passengers

10,590,896


9,535,453


11.1%

Revenue passenger miles (000s)

8,591,290


7,572,150


13.5%

Available seat miles (000s)

10,870,738


9,474,563


14.7%

Load factor

79.0%


79.9%


(0.9) pts.

Average length of haul

981


963


1.9%

Trips flown

97,824


88,038


11.1%

 


YEAR-TO-DATE


2016


2015


Change

Revenue passengers carried

17,658,852


16,079,185


9.8%

Enplaned passengers

21,515,002


19,571,984


9.9%

Revenue passenger miles (000s)

17,533,086


15,620,359


12.2%

Available seat miles (000s)

22,415,415


20,183,856


11.1%

Load factor

78.2%


77.4%


0.8 pts.

Average length of haul

993


971


2.3%

Trips flown

201,484


187,807


7.3%

SW-T

 

SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.



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