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Southwest Airlines Reports December Traffic

DALLAS, Jan. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today that the Company flew 6.6 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in December 2010, an 11.3 percent increase from the 6.0 billion RPMs flown in December 2009. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 5.6 percent to 8.3 billion from the December 2009 level of 7.8 billion. The load factor for the month was 80.4 percent, compared to 76.2 percent for the same period last year. For December 2010, passenger revenue per ASM is estimated to have increased approximately five percent as compared to December 2009.

 

For the fourth quarter 2010, Southwest flew 20.0 billion RPMs, compared to 18.2 billion RPMs flown for the same period in 2009, an increase of 10.1 percent. Available seat miles increased 5.5 percent to 24.8 billion from the fourth quarter 2009 level of 23.5 billion. The fourth quarter 2010 load factor was 80.7 percent, compared to 77.3 percent for the same period last year.

For the year ended December 31, 2010, Southwest flew 78.0 billion RPMs, compared to 74.5 billion RPMs flown for the same period in 2009, an increase of 4.8 percent. Available seat miles increased 0.4 percent to 98.4 billion from the 2009 level of 98.0 billion. The year-to-date load factor was 79.3 percent, compared to 76.0 percent for the same period last year.

This release, as well as past news releases on Southwest, are available online at southwest.com.

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.

PRELIMINARY COMPARATIVE TRAFFIC STATISTICS




DECEMBER








2010


2009


CHANGE













Revenue passengers carried

7,299,247


7,037,220


3.7 %







Enplaned passengers

8,946,340


8,354,947


7.1 %







Revenue passenger miles (000s)

6,647,976


5,970,657


11.3 %







Available seat miles (000s)

8,270,486


7,832,747


5.6 %







Load factor

80.4%


76.2%


4.2 pts.







Average length of haul

911


848


7.4 %







Trips flown

92,495


90,784


1.9 %














FOURTH QUARTER








2010


2009


CHANGE













Revenue passengers carried

22,461,821


21,498,778


4.5 %







Enplaned passengers

27,163,960


25,386,440


7.0 %







Revenue passenger miles (000s)

20,005,943


18,175,023


10.1 %







Available seat miles (000s)

24,788,095


23,505,932


5.5 %







Load factor

80.7%


77.3%


3.4 pts.







Average length of haul

891


845


5.4 %







Trips flown

278,137


272,740


2.0 %














TOTAL YEAR








2010


2009


CHANGE













Revenue passengers carried

88,201,175


86,310,229


2.2 %







Enplaned passengers

106,227,521


101,338,228


4.8 %







Revenue passenger miles (000s)

78,046,967


74,456,710


4.8 %







Available seat miles (000s)

98,437,092


98,001,550


0.4 %







Load factor

79.3%


76.0%


3.3 pts.







Average length of haul

885


863


2.5%







Trips flown

1,114,451


1,125,111


(0.9)%

SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.