Southwest Airlines Reports February Traffic

Mar 07, 2011, 08:45 ET from Southwest Airlines Co.

DALLAS, March 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today that the Company flew 5.6 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in February 2011, a 13.0 percent increase from the 5.0 billion RPMs flown in February 2010.  Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 8.6 percent to 7.3 billion from the February 2010 level of 6.8 billion.  The load factor for the month was 76.9 percent, compared to 73.9 percent for the same period last year.  For February 2011, passenger revenue per ASM is estimated to have increased in the eight to nine percent range compared to February 2010.

For the first two months of 2011, Southwest flew 11.9 billion RPMs, compared to 10.5 billion RPMs flown for the same period in 2010, an increase of 13.1 percent.  Available seat miles increased 8.0 percent to 15.5 billion from the 2010 level of 14.4 billion.  The year-to-date load factor was 76.4 percent, compared to 72.9 percent for the same period last year.

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SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.

PRELIMINARY COMPARATIVE TRAFFIC STATISTICS

FEBRUARY

2011

2010

CHANGE

Revenue passengers carried

6,327,864

5,907,956

7.1 %

Enplaned passengers

7,602,255

6,963,295

9.2 %

Revenue passenger miles (000)

5,636,641

4,986,254

13.0 %

Available seat miles (000)

7,329,163

6,751,455

8.6 %

Load factor

76.9%

73.9%

3.0 pts.

Average length of haul

891

844

5.6 %

Trips flown

82,477

78,718

4.8 %

YEAR-TO-DATE

2011

2010

CHANGE

Revenue passengers carried

13,174,982

12,274,262

7.3 %

Enplaned passengers

15,909,574

14,539,308

9.4 %

Revenue passenger miles (000)

11,862,882

10,485,341

13.1 %

Available seat miles (000)

15,523,328

14,374,030

8.0 %

Load factor

76.4%

72.9%

3.5 pts.

Average length of haul

900

854

5.4 %

Trips flown

174,495

167,124

4.4 %

SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.



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