Southwest Airlines Reports March Traffic

DALLAS, April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today that the Company flew 9.4 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in March 2013, a 4.0 percent increase from the 9.1 billion RPMs flown in March 2012.  Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 3.8 percent to 11.5 billion from the March 2012 level of 11.1 billion.  The March 2013 load factor was 82.0 percent, compared to 81.8 percent in March 2012.  For March 2013, passenger revenue per ASM (PRASM) is estimated to have been comparable to the Company's March 2012 PRASM.

For the first quarter of 2013, the Company flew 23.8 billion RPMs, compared to 23.7 billion RPMs flown for the same period in 2012, an increase of 0.3 percent.  Year-to-date ASMs increased 0.6 percent to 30.8 billion from the 2012 level of 30.6 billion.  The year-to-date load factor was 77.1 percent, compared to 77.3 percent for the same period in 2012. 

This release, as well as past news releases about Southwest Airlines Co., is available online at southwest.com.    

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.

PRELIMINARY COMPARATIVE TRAFFIC STATISTICS             

















MARCH










2013


2012


CHANGE















Revenue passengers carried 


9,892,713


9,593,562


3.1 %








Enplaned passengers


12,038,645


11,734,862


2.6 %








Revenue passenger miles (000)


9,442,733


9,076,847


4.0 %








Available seat miles (000)


11,512,195


11,091,368


3.8 %








Load factor


82.0%


81.8%


 0.2 pts 








Average length of haul


955


946


1.0 %








Trips flown


116,393


118,689


(1.9)%
























YEAR-TO-DATE










2013


2012


CHANGE















Revenue passengers carried 


25,203,934


25,560,822


(1.4)%








Enplaned passengers


30,712,625


31,154,422


(1.4)%








Revenue passenger miles (000)


23,756,685


23,684,866


0.3 %








Available seat miles (000)


30,802,655


30,632,893


0.6 %








Load factor


77.1%


77.3%


 (0.2) pts 








Average length of haul


943


927


1.7 %








Trips flown


318,514


333,896


(4.6)%

 

 

SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.




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