Southwest Airlines Reports September Traffic

07 Oct, 2013, 08:45 ET from Southwest Airlines Co.

DALLAS, Oct. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today that the Company flew 7.9 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in September 2013, a 1.3 percent increase from the 7.8 billion RPMs flown in September 2012.  Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 1.2 percent to 10.2 billion from the September 2012 level of 10.1 billion.  The September 2013 load factor was 77.1 percent, compared to 77.0 percent in September 2012.  For September 2013, passenger revenue per ASM (PRASM) is estimated to have increased in the seven to eight percent range compared to September 2012.

For the third quarter of 2013, the Company flew 27.0 billion RPMs, compared to 27.2 billion RPMs flown for the same period in 2012, a decrease of 0.6 percent.  Third quarter ASMs increased 1.0 percent to 33.4 billion from third quarter 2012 ASMs of 33.1 billion.  The third quarter load factor was 80.8 percent, compared to 82.1 percent for the same period in 2012. 

For the first nine months of 2013, the Company flew 78.7 billion RPMs, compared to 78.1 billion RPMs flown for the same period in 2012, an increase of 0.8 percent.  Year-to-date ASMs increased 1.6 percent to 98.5 billion from 96.9 billion for the same period in 2012.  The year-to-date load factor was 79.9 percent, compared to 80.5 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

SEPTEMBER

2013

2012

CHANGE

Revenue passengers carried

8,153,541

8,366,174

(2.5)

%

Enplaned passengers

10,124,725

10,240,755

(1.1)

%

Revenue passenger miles (000)

7,862,610

7,762,368

1.3

%

Available seat miles (000)

10,202,976

10,083,786

1.2

%

Load factor

77.1

%

77.0

%

0.1 pts

Average length of haul

964

928

3.9

%

Trips flown

103,141

107,034

(3.6)

%

THIRD QUARTER

2013

2012

CHANGE

Revenue passengers carried

27,015,866

28,318,779

(4.6)

%

Enplaned passengers

33,792,804

34,913,698

(3.2)

%

Revenue passenger miles (000)

27,009,605

27,162,606

(0.6)

%

Available seat miles (000)

33,425,087

33,080,233

1.0

%

Load factor

80.8

%

82.1

%

(1.3) pts

Average length of haul

1,000

959

4.3

%

Trips flown

332,991

347,346

(4.1)

%

YEAR-TO-DATE

2013

2012

CHANGE

Revenue passengers carried

81,180,167

82,738,949

(1.9)

%

Enplaned passengers

100,036,208

101,278,271

(1.2)

%

Revenue passenger miles (000)

78,695,853

78,053,971

0.8

%

Available seat miles (000)

98,457,754

96,943,715

1.6

%

Load factor

79.9

%

80.5

%

(0.6) pts

Average length of haul

969

943

2.8

%

Trips flown

995,097

1,033,968

(3.8)

%

***

SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.



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