Southwest Airlines Reports September Traffic

Oct 07, 2010, 08:45 ET from Southwest Airlines

DALLAS, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today that the Company flew 6.1 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in September 2010, a 5.1 percent increase from the 5.8 billion RPMs flown in September 2009.  Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 4.7 percent to 8.1 billion from the September 2009 level of 7.7 billion.  The load factor for the month was 75.0 percent, compared to 74.7 percent for the same period last year.  For September 2010, passenger revenue per ASM is estimated to have increased approximately eleven percent as compared to September 2009.

For the third quarter 2010, Southwest flew 20.7 billion RPMs, compared to the 19.7 billion RPMs flown for the same period in 2009, an increase of 4.9 percent.  Available seat miles increased 3.2 percent to 25.6 billion from the third quarter 2009 level of 24.8 billion.  The third quarter 2010 load factor was 80.9 percent, compared to 79.6 percent for the same period last year.  

For the nine months ended September 30, 2010, Southwest flew 58.0 billion RPMs, compared to the 56.3 billion RPMs flown for the same period in 2009, an increase of 3.1 percent.  Available seat miles decreased 1.1 percent to 73.6 billion from the 2009 level of 74.5 billion.  The year-to-date load factor was 78.8 percent, compared to 75.6 percent for the same period last year.

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SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.

PRELIMINARY COMPARATIVE TRAFFIC STATISTICS

SEPTEMBER

2010

2009

CHANGE

Revenue passengers carried

6,929,811

6,778,713

2.2 %

Enplaned passengers

8,309,821

7,950,437

4.5 %

Revenue passenger miles (000)

6,064,311

5,771,993

5.1 %

Available seat miles (000)

8,083,556

7,723,485

4.7 %

Load factor

75.0%

74.7%

0.3 pts.

Average length of haul

875

851

2.8 %

Trips flown

91,143

89,497

1.8 %

THIRD QUARTER

2010

2009

CHANGE

Revenue passengers carried

22,871,775

22,375,590

2.2 %

Enplaned passengers

27,814,896

26,396,360

5.4 %

Revenue passenger miles (000)

20,673,082

19,706,579

4.9 %

Available seat miles (000)

25,557,692

24,771,016

3.2 %

Load factor

80.9%

79.6%

1.3 pts.

Average length of haul

904

881

2.6 %

Trips flown

287,200

283,663

1.2 %

YEAR-TO-DATE

2010

2009

CHANGE

Revenue passengers carried

65,732,032

64,811,451

1.4 %

Enplaned passengers

79,063,561

75,951,788

4.1 %

Revenue passenger miles (000)

58,041,024

56,281,687

3.1 %

Available seat miles (000)

73,648,997

74,495,618

(1.1)%

Load factor

78.8%

75.6%

3.2 pts.

Average length of haul

883

868

1.7 %

Trips flown

836,314

852,371

(1.9)%

SOURCE Southwest Airlines



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