Southwest Airlines Reports September Traffic

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Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today reported September 2012 consolidated traffic results for Southwest Airlines and AirTran.  AirTran became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co. ("the Company") on May 2, 2011.  For purposes of comparability, year-to-date 2011 traffic results presented in the accompanying tables include the combined results of Southwest Airlines and AirTran for periods prior to the acquisition date.

The Company flew 7.8 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in September 2012, compared to 7.9 billion RPMs flown in September 2011, a decrease of 2.1 percent.  Available seat miles (ASMs) decreased 1.0 percent to 10.1 billion in September 2012 from 10.2 billion ASMs in September 2011.  The September 2012 load factor was 77.0 percent, compared to 77.8 percent in September 2011.

For September 2012, passenger revenue per ASM (PRASM) is estimated to have decreased in the two to three percent range as compared to September 2011.  For third quarter 2012, PRASM is estimated to have increased approximately one percent as compared to third quarter 2011.

For the third quarter of 2012, the Company flew 27.2 billion RPMs, compared to 27.3 billion RPMs flown in the same period in 2011, a decrease of 0.6 percent.  Third quarter 2012 ASMs decreased 0.7 percent to 33.1 billion from the third quarter 2011 level of 33.3 billion.  The third quarter 2012 load factor was 82.1 percent, compared to the load factor of 82.0 percent for the same period in 2011.

For the first nine months of 2012, the Company flew 78.1 billion RPMs, compared to 78.7 billion combined RPMs flown in the same period in 2011, a decrease of 0.8 percent.  The year-to-date 2012 ASMs decreased 0.3 percent to 96.9 billion from the combined ASMs of 97.2 for the same period in 2011.  The year-to-date 2012 load factor was 80.5 percent, compared to the combined load factor of 80.9 percent for the same period in 2011. 

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










2012


2011


CHANGE















Revenue passengers carried 


8,366,174


8,547,211


(2.1)%








Enplaned passengers


10,240,755


10,509,784


(2.6)%








Revenue passenger miles (000)


7,762,368


7,929,112


(2.1)%








Available seat miles (000)


10,084,360


10,185,530


(1.0)%








Load factor


77.0%


77.8%


(0.8) pts.








Average length of haul


928


928


-








Trips flown


107,034


112,156


(4.6)%

















THIRD QUARTER










2012


2011


 CHANGE 















Revenue passengers carried 


28,318,769


28,208,036


0.4 %








Enplaned passengers


34,913,793


35,010,060


(0.3)%








Revenue passenger miles (000)


27,162,612


27,322,289


(0.6)%








Available seat miles (000)


33,080,815


33,318,089


(0.7)%








Load factor


82.1%


82.0%


0.1 pts.








Average length of haul


959


969


(1.0)%








Trips flown


347,347


359,630


(3.4)%

















YEAR-TO-DATE










2012


2011


CHANGE















Revenue passengers carried 


82,738,939


82,615,444


0.1 %








Enplaned passengers


101,278,366


101,763,544


(0.5)%








Revenue passenger miles (000)


78,053,976


78,683,982


(0.8)%








Available seat miles (000)


96,944,297


97,220,639


(0.3)%








Load factor


80.5%


80.9%


 (0.4) pts. 








Average length of haul


943


952


(0.9)%








Trips flown


1,033,969


1,055,888


(2.1)%








 

SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.

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