Southwest Airlines Reports March Traffic

DALLAS, April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -(ENEWSPF)- Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today that the Company flew 9.4 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in March 2013, a 4.0 percent increase from the 9.1 billion RPMs flown in March 2012. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 3.8 percent to 11.5 billion from the March 2012 level of 11.1 billion. The March 2013 load factor was 82.0 percent, compared to 81.8 percent in March 2012. For March 2013, passenger revenue per ASM (PRASM) is estimated to have been comparable to the Company’s March 2012 PRASM.

For the first quarter of 2013, the Company flew 23.8 billion RPMs, compared to 23.7 billion RPMs flown for the same period in 2012, an increase of 0.3 percent. Year-to-date ASMs increased 0.6 percent to 30.8 billion from the 2012 level of 30.6 billion. The year-to-date load factor was 77.1 percent, compared to 77.3 percent for the same period in 2012. 

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SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.

PRELIMINARY COMPARATIVE TRAFFIC STATISTICS             

 

MARCH

 
 

2013

2012

CHANGE

 
 

Revenue passengers carried 

 

9,892,713

9,593,562

3.1 %

 

Enplaned passengers

 

12,038,645

11,734,862

2.6 %

 

Revenue passenger miles (000)

 

9,442,733

9,076,847

4.0 %

 

Available seat miles (000)

 

11,512,195

11,091,368

3.8 %

 

Load factor

 

82.0%

81.8%

 0.2 pts 

 

Average length of haul

 

955

946

1.0 %

 

Trips flown

 

116,393

118,689

(1.9)%

 
 
 
 

YEAR-TO-DATE

 
 

2013

2012

CHANGE

 
 

Revenue passengers carried 

 

25,203,934

25,560,822

(1.4)%

 

Enplaned passengers

 

30,712,625

31,154,422

(1.4)%

 

Revenue passenger miles (000)

 

23,756,685

23,684,866

0.3 %

 

Available seat miles (000)

 

30,802,655

30,632,893

0.6 %

 

Load factor

 

77.1%

77.3%

 (0.2) pts 

 

Average length of haul

 

943

927

1.7 %

 

Trips flown

 

318,514

333,896

(4.6)%

SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.