Southwest Airlines Reports May Traffic

07 Jun, 2012, 08:45 ET from Southwest Airlines Co.

DALLAS, June 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today reported May 2012 consolidated traffic results for Southwest Airlines and AirTran.  AirTran became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co. ("the Company") on May 2, 2011.  For purposes of comparability, the Company is providing combined traffic results for Southwest Airlines and AirTran for periods prior to the acquisition date.  See the accompanying tables for combined results.

The Company flew 9.0 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in May 2012, compared to 9.2 billion RPMs flown in May 2011, a decrease of 2.6 percent.  Available seat miles (ASMs) decreased 0.9 percent to 11.0 billion from the May 2011 level of 11.1 billion.  The load factor for May 2012 was 81.3 percent, compared to 82.7 percent in May 2011.  For May 2012, passenger revenue per ASM (PRASM) is estimated to have increased in the five to six percent range as compared to May 2011.

For the first five months of 2012, the Company flew 41.3 billion RPMs, compared to 41.7 billion combined RPMs flown in the same period in 2011, a decrease of 1.1 percent.  The year-to-date ASMs increased 0.1 percent to 52.5 billion from the combined level of 52.4 billion for the same period in 2011.  The year-to-date load factor was 78.7 percent, compared to the combined load factor of 79.6 percent for the same period in 2011. 

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SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.

PRELIMINARY COMPARATIVE TRAFFIC STATISTICS

MAY

2012

2011

CHANGE

Revenue passengers carried 

9,592,865

9,696,756

(1.1)%

Enplaned passengers

11,719,335

11,957,808

(2.0)%

Revenue passenger miles (000)

8,974,366

9,213,061

(2.6)%

Available seat miles (000)

11,036,945

11,142,018

(0.9)%

Load factor

81.3%

82.7%

(1.4) pts.

Average length of haul

936

950

(1.5)%

Trips flown

118,404

121,302

(2.4)%

YEAR-TO-DATE

2012

2011

 CHANGE 

Revenue passengers carried 

44,449,719

44,514,303

(0.1)%

Enplaned passengers

54,120,118

54,504,056

(0.7)%

Revenue passenger miles (000)

41,269,715

41,731,152

(1.1)%

Available seat miles (000)

52,463,072

52,417,193

0.1 %

Load factor

78.7%

79.6%

(0.9) pts.

Average length of haul

928

937

(1.0)%

Trips flown

567,880

573,475

(1.0)%

SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.



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