Southwest Airlines Reports September Traffic

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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